UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania -- Iowa was able to avoid an upset in their previous game against Minnesota, but Wednesday night's game against Penn State was a different story.
Penn State (13-13, 4-9) gave No. 4 Iowa (20-6, 11-3) its worst loss of the season to date by winning 79-75 at the Bryce Jordan Center.
After the Hawkeyes rolled to a 73-49 victory against the Nittany Lions in their first matchup this season, Penn State turned up their intensity and tied a season-high by hitting 10 3-pointers to pull off the major upset this time around.
The defeat drops Iowa into a tie with No. 22 Indiana on top of the Big Ten standings and only a half-game ahead of No. 6 Maryland.
Peter Jok put up 28 points and four rebounds for the Hawkeyes while Jarrod Uthoff struggled with his shot, going 5-of-14 from the field and posting 19 points in the loss.
Brandon Taylor's 18 points, nine rebounds, and three assists were key to easily Penn State's best win of the year as Donovan Jack and Shep Garner also combined for 37 points.
Penn State led for much of this game and moved the ball well as Iowa looked sluggish and couldn't get a consistent offensive flow going despite their 75 total points. The Hawkeyes threw a late surge at the Nittany Lions behind Jok, but it proved to be too late and Penn State held on to shock Iowa.
After starting out the game on a 10-2 run, the Hawkeyes found themselves down 38-31 at halftime. The Nittany Lions, who ranked 340th in the nation in 3-point shooting percentage coming into this game, took control of this matchup in the first half by shooting a surprising 7-of-14 from behind the arc.
The Hawkeyes now have a week off until they face Wisconsin at home on Feb. 24.