Roughly halfway through the Big Ten schedule, the Iowa Hawkeyes looked to run a clean sweep over Purdue. The high-scoring Hawkeyes came out ready to prove their victory in Mackey Arena on January 2nd was no fluke, and with a conference Player of the Year caliber performance from Jarrod Uthoff, the Hawkeyes showed that they are the cream of the crop in the Big Ten.
Let's see how the action played out.
Game of the Night: Iowa Hawkeyes 83, Purdue Boilermakers 71
The Iowa Hawkeyes continued their hot shooting ways with a quick 7-0 lead thanks to Peter Jok and Jarrod Uthoff. After obtaining a 10-4 lead, the Boilermakers woke up and kicked it into high gear with a 9-0 run to hold a 13-10 lead - led by senior big man A.J. Hammons' inside post prowess. Freshman Brady Ellingson's corner three pointer and Dom Uhl's offensive versatility with a three pointer and drive to the rim sparked a nine point output for the Hawkeyes which allowed for a 20-16 lead by the under-12 media timeout.
In a back and forth tussle in the early goings of the first half, Purdue climbed back to a 25-22 lead thanks to three pointers from Rapheal Davis and P.J. Thompson, as well as a Caleb Swanigan And-one conversion. The nationally recognized Boilermaker defense stymied the Hawkeyes, as Iowa went nearly five minutes without a basket. Back-to-back three pointers by Uthoff and Jok allowed the Hawkeyes to jump ahead 33-30 at the under-4 timeout. After Uthoff picked up his second foul in the half, the Hawkeye offense failed to score for the remaining few minutes of the first half and went into halftime down only 35-33.
With eight Purdue turnovers in the first half, the second half started with an Iowa turnover that transitioned into an Anthony Clemmons steal and layup. A three point barrage led by seniors Mike Gesell and Jarrod Uthoff kept the Hawkeyes hot from distance with three pointers to help build the Hawkeye lead to 58-46 at the under-12 timeout.
Purdue entered the danger zone around the eight minute mark due to their major cogs entering foul trouble. Vince Edwards had three fouls by the under-8 timeout while A.J. Hammons, Caleb Swanigan and Rapheal Davis each had two.
After a Ryan Cline three pointer which snapped a six minute field goal drought, a Johnny Hill steal and layup cut the Iowa lead to 66-54 with 6:25 left. A Peter Jok pull-up jump shot cancelled out an A.J. Hammons layup and brought the lead to 70-56. After a quick 4-0 run for Purdue which helped cut the lead to 73-63, both teams traded three points to bring the Hawkeye lead to 76-66 with 1:54 remaining. A Vince Edwards three pointer cut the lead to 77-69, but the Hawkeyes managed to prevail by capitalizing from the charity stripe.
Iowa was led by Big Ten Player of the Year candidate Jarrod Uthoff, who poured in a team-high 22 points to go along with three rebounds and three assists. Three other starters notched double digits in the scoring column for the Hawkeyes. Guard Anthony Clemmons contributed 10 points and six assists, Peter Jok tallied 13 points and senior center Adam Woodbury secured a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Hawkeyes schedule doesn't get any easier as they travel to College Park to take on the Maryland Terrapins Thursday, January 28 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
The Boilermakers didn't have any double-digit scorers in the first half, but had solid contributions in the second half from a multitude of key cogs. Vince Edwards tallied a team-high 19 points to go along with eight rebounds. Senior A.J. Hammons poured in 10 points and hauled in six rebounds and reserve sophomore guard P.J. Thompson tried his best to spark the Boilermakers with 16 points. Purdue will travel to Minnesota to challenge the Golden Gophers on Wednesday, January 27 at 9 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.