Jok's 5 3s, 27 points lead Iowa to 95-67 win over UTRGV
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Peter Jok scored 20 of his 27 points in the first half and Iowa cruised to a 95-67 win over Texas Rio Grande Valley on Sunday.
Tyler Cook scored 15 points and Isaiah Moss had a career-high 14 for the Hawkeyes (3-1), who shot 51 percent from the field and scored 41 points off 26 Vaqueros turnovers.
Jok, Iowa's top scorer, left a few minutes into the second half after a collision with a defender at the rim. Jok stayed in to shoot his two free throws, but did not play after that. He went to the locker room for a couple minutes before returning to the bench.
Jok was 9-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-8 3-pointers, in 19 minutes.
Antonio Green scored 17 points to lead UTRGV (0-4), which out-rebounded Iowa 43-38.
The Hawkeyes went on a 26-7 run in the middle of the game to pull away from the Vaqueros.
Iowa's Brady Ellingson scored 11 points.
Iowa forward Dale Jones did not play after suffering a fractured wrist on Thursday against Seton Hall. Jones is expected to miss 8-9 weeks.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes needed this pick-me-up after Thursday's tough loss to Seton Hall. Iowa still struggled from the foul line, hitting 20 of 30 attempts. It's an area the Hawkeyes need to clean up as the competition stiffens.
UTRGV: The winless Vaqueros have struggled to find consistent offense this season. Turnovers are a big reason why. UTRGV has averaged 24.3 turnovers in its last three games, including a season-high tying 26 against the Hawkeyes.
Iowa faces a huge challenge in No. 8 Virginia on Friday in the Emerald Coast Classic in Florida. The Hawkeyes will play either Providence or Memphis on Saturday to wrap up the tournament.
UTRGV goes for its first win of the season against Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday.