IOWA CITY, Iowa — With chants of “Hawkeye State” ringing through the stands the Iowa Hawkeyes knocked off intrastate rival Iowa State Thursday night in Iowa City.
The Hawkeyes came into the game as six point underdogs after struggling to a 4-5 start to the season. The Cyclones, meanwhile, came into the game ranked 25th in the nation. However, as is often the case, nothing went according to script in the Cy-Hawk rivalry.
After a back-and-forth start the Hawkeyes took a 11-10 lead three minutes into the game. They would not trail again in the game. The Hawkeyes extended their lead to as much as 17 points at one point. The Cyclones pulled to within eight points late in the second half but the Hawkeyes continued to make their shots and stop the Iowa State runs. A late fast break layup by Hawkeye freshman Isaiah Moss helped put the game away as Iowa won 78-64.
Hawkeye senior Peter Jok lead all scorers in the game with 23 points. Matt Thomas was the leading Cyclone scorer with 14 points. The deciding factor in the game was that the Hawkeyes simply made shots while the Cyclones didn’t. The Hawkeyes shot 47% from the field. The Cyclones shot just 35%. The Hawkeyes also out-rebounded the Cyclones.
The Hawkeyes and Cyclones next games will both be on Saturday, December 17th at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines but against separate opponents in the Hy-Vee Classic. The Hawkeyes will face the UNI Panthers in the early game. The Cyclones will face the Drake Bulldogs in the evening game.