Jok, Iowa overtake Kennesaw State 91-74
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Peter Jok scored 27 points and Iowa throttled Kennesaw State 91-74 on Friday night.
Ahmad Wagner had 12 points and four blocks for the Hawkeyes, who are looking to reach the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight season under Fran McCaffery.
Iowa built a 43-25 halftime lead and appeared to be on its way to a blowout win before Kennesaw State opened the second half on a 16-6 run that cut the lead to 49-41.
But the Hawkeyes settled down and scored the next seven to secure the win in their season opener.
Nick Masterson scored a career-high 29 points on 7 of 10 3-point shots for Kennesaw State.
Highly touted freshman Tyler Cook had six points and 10 rebounds in his debut. Cook showed some nerves, shooting just 1 of 7 from the field and committing four turnovers.
Cordell Pemsl and Nicholas Baer each scored 10 points for Iowa.