Peter Jok scored 27 points and Jarrod Uthoff had 24 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots to help fourth-ranked Iowa hold off Minnesota 75-71. The Hawkeyes have sole possession of the Big Ten Conference lead.
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Last season, a rough start might have derailed Jarrod Uthoff’s entire night.
But as a senior, Iowa’s leading scorer barely flinched Sunday.
Uthoff was held scoreless for nearly 17 minutes to open the game, but finished with 24 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots to help the fourth-ranked Hawkeyes hold off skidding Minnesota 75-71.
“I thought he was great for this reason: He started slow and he continued to be aggressive,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said of Uthoff. ”I think that’s been the evolution of him as a player. We needed him to do that today.”
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Peter Jok scored 27 points to lead the Hawkeyes (20-5 overall, 11-2 Big Ten), who rebounded from Thursday’s loss at Indiana to regain sole possession of first place in the conference.
Nate Mason had 14 points for Minnesota, which has lost 14 straight games. The Gophers (6-19, 0-13) extended their worst start in conference play.
Uthoff became the third Big Ten player in the last 20 years to have at least 20 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots in a game, joining Minnesota’s Joel Pryzbilla (2000) and Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson (2011). Uthoff is the first Iowa player with 20 points and 15 boards since 2003. The 15 rebounds were a career best.
Uthoff helped secure the victory for the Hawkeyes with a big dunk, three blocks and two free throws in the final 1:17.
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At No. 8 Michigan St. 88, Indiana 69
Denzel Valentine contributed 30 points and 13 assists, Matt Costello scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and the Spartans (21-5, 8-5 Big Ten) cruised past the Hoosiers (20-6, 10-3).
Michigan State went on a 24-3 run to lead by 17 midway through the second half.
Indiana’s Max Bielfeldt scored 10 of his 15 points in the first half.
At No. 9 N. Carolina 85, Pittsburgh 64
Brice Johnson scored 19 points to lead the Tar Heels (21-4, 10-2 Atlantic Coast) past the Panthers (17-7, 6-6).
North Carolina shot 59 percent from the field. The Tar Heels scored 16 fast-break points, after managing a combined five in the previous two games.
Michael Young and James Robinson each scored 15 points to lead Pitt, which shot 37 percent.
Top 5 women
No. 1 Connecticut 85, at Temple 60
Moriah Jefferson had 25 points, eight assists and eight steals to help UConn(24-0, 13-0 American Athletic) beat the Owls (17-8, 11-3) for the Huskies’ 61st straight victory.
Breanna Stewart added 24 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and six blocks for UConn, which has won 101 straight games against unranked teams.
Donnaizha Fountain scored 15 points for Temple.
At No. 3 Notre Dame 90, No. 19 Miami 69
Arike Ogunbowale had 18 points in Notre Dame’s 17th straight victory, and Brianna Turner scored 15 points and blocked six shots to help the Fighting Irish (24-1, 12-0 ACC) defeat the Hurricanes (21-5, 9-4).
Emese Hof and Jessica Thomas led Miami with 12 points apiece.
No. 5 Maryland 79, at Northwestern 70
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 27 points to help the Terrapins (23-3, 12-2 Big Ten) defeat the Wildcats (14-12, 3-11).
Maryland, which has won 11 of its last 12, shot 56 percent and limited Northwestern to 34 percent.