It was pretty clear how this game would go after Jordan Bohannon’s second three point attempt (he made his first 37 seconds into the game) was waved off after a moving screen was called on Luka Garza. Though it would have put Iowa up 8-4, they yielded their lead quickly.
Iowa was able to tie it at 14-14 on a Tyler Cook dunk but quickly gave up another dunk (more on this later) before Cook was called for an offensive foul on the other side. It sent him to the bench with two fouls at the 12:15 mark.
Without him and Luka Garza - who was called for his second foul 50 seconds later - Iowa’s defense was as soft as it has ever been inside. Mike Watkins went 6-6 in the first half. It wasn’t much better on offense as Iowa went only 7/18 on layups in the first half, according to Penn State’s radio broadcast at halftime.
Bohannon was feeling under the weather and played a conference-low 24 minutes. He scored only those 3 points and added 3 assists and 3 turnovers. Iowa was paced by Cook, who ended up with 19 points on 8/12 shooting. Luka Garza had 13 points on 3/13 shooting.
It was another dreary showing in a dreary season as Penn State had their way with the Hawkeyes all afternoon. Watkins ended up with 19 points and missed only one shot from the field. Tony Carr added 16 points and Lamar Stevens put on his own dunk contest on his way to 17 points.
Iowa is clearly lacking an edge this season. Despite Joe Wieskamp’s fire night on Friday, I don’t see him bringing an intensity this team sorely lacks. They’ll have to look inside themselves to find a spark for this season and next.