Iowa City, Iowa (AP) – Jordan Bohannon (Iowa) feels most comfortable at the end of games and has shown his strength against Northwestern.
Bohannon scored three points at 23 feet with three tenths of a second to go, the No. 20 Iowa caught up 13 points and beat Northwestern 80-79 on Sunday night.
It was the second time in a row that Bohannon was playing for the Hawkeyes (19-5, 8-5, Big Ten). And again, it's his long range shots that did the deal.
"Ice in my veins, is not it?" Said Bohannon laughing. "No, as I said, I really feel comfortable towards the end of the games. When you have a coach such as Coach (Fran) McCaffery giving you the ultimate go-ahead, you have the utmost self-confidence to be able to perform such throws in stretching.
"Coach McCaffery did a good job preparing a good set and I just tried to do what I've always done: try to close the games and make the most of the time I'm there. "
Bohannon's performance for the second time in a row was not a surprise for McCaffery, who saw the youngest Bohannon – who had two older brothers in basketball Big Ten – played since elementary school.
"It's one of those things where, if it ends up that way, you know (Bohannon) will be successful," McCaffery said. "He has been doing it since the fifth year.
"He did it against Penn State too. He had an extraordinary year in this regard. He fears nothing. That's why he must be down. "
Bohannon scored his first points with 5:28 to go on a jumper and finished with 15 points with 3-for-4 from 3 points.
Rookie Joe Wieskamp scored 21 points, including a three-pointer as part of the Hawkeyes' comeback less than six minutes from time. Tyler Cook had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Isaiah Moss scored 16 points on a 6-for-12 shot.
Vic Law has 24 points and 10 rebounds, Ryan Taylor scored 16 points, A. J. Turner added 15 and Dererk Pardon scored 13 for Northwestern (12-11, 3-9).
The Hawkeyes had a lot of trouble during the game against the visiting Wildcats, beating heavily on the board (37-26) and allowing Northwestern to shoot more than 50% of the field.
McCaffery said the final game had many options, including Wieskamp, Cook and Moss, in addition to Bohannon. It was up to his son, Connor, to make the right decision.
"We have organized a room with multiple options, and it's up to the players to run," McCaffery said. "It's inside to make the right decision.
"You do not want to force him out there because he might not be there – we had options for Cook, for Joe, and options for (Moss)." Connor (McCaffery) had to read it, he said. made the perfect reading and (Bohannon) shot. "
Iowa has won three straight wins and three games behind Michigan in the Big Ten Conference standings.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes won a decisive victory 10 days ago against Michigan and confirmed their victory on the road to Indiana. A furious comeback helped clear what would have been a disappointment and is now positioning the Hawkeyes for several crucial games to improve their NCAA tournament.
Northwestern: The Wildcats looked set to break their three-game losing streak and win their second Big Ten road win this season, in addition to their January 18 win at Rutgers. Instead, they fell further into the trap of playing the first day of the Big Ten tournament and lost four straight games.
IMPLICATIONS OF SURVEY
Iowa: The Hawkeyes' comeback is to keep them firmly in the top 25 of the AP, especially given the number of ranked teams who lost last week.
Iowa: Rutgers on Saturday.
North West: Welcome Rutgers on Tuesday.