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IOWA 95, STETSON 68: EXHALE

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Iowa stops the bleeding with a confidence-boosting W

NCAA Basketball: Stetson at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah Moss and Cordell Pemsl led Iowa with career-high 21-point outings to give the Hawkeyes their fourth win of the season, toppling Stetson 95-68 in Iowa City.

Iowa got off to a hot start and never really looked back. The Hawkeyes were shooting 60 percent with about 5 minutes left in the first half, and yeah that’s how you win a ball game.

Peter Jok is asserting himself as Iowa’s most complete player, with a 15-point, 8-rebound and 7-assist performance. I believe Stoops said in the comments last week that someone should get in his ear and tell him he can’t only be a shooter to get to the NBA, and it looked like that conversation happened.

Cordell Pemsl continues to be a revelation, recording 8 boards to go along with 21 points on 9-11 shooting. Isaiah Moss had 6 boards as well, and that duo is making the loss of Tyler Cook a little easier to swallow.

Ahmad Wagner contributed to Iowa’s hot start, notching 8 points in 13 minutes, but he went down early in the second half with what looked like a knee injury. He was helped off the court to the locker room, but returned to the bench a few minutes later. This team is kind of cursed.

I’m not really sure what to think of Nicholas Baer right now. I think I like him off the bench since he’s proven to be wildly inconsistent, but if he can play even up to 90 percent of his full potential at all times then there’s no reason he shouldn’t be starting.

And then there’s Dom Uhl, who continues to be an enigma of sorts. He had 6 points in just 12 minutes of playing time. He didn’t make any mistakes I could see tonight, but he did seem to get out-muscled and out-hustled at times, which is a pretty easy way to play yourself out of Fran’s lineup.

Next up: Iowa State on Thursday and Northern Iowa on Saturday. Get ready for Hate Week.