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Lawson scores 35, Memphis beats Iowa 100-92


November 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Dedric Lawson scored 35 points and Jeremiah Martin hit a pair of three-pointers that brought Memphis from behind and put the Tigers ahead to stay Saturday for a 100-92 victory over Iowa in the Emerald Coast Classic consolation game.

Lawson dueled Iowa’s Peter Jok, who scored a career high 42 to lead Hawkeyes. The game featured three ties and 15 lead changes before Martin’s two long-distance shots put the Tigers (5-1) up for good 68-65 after trailing Iowa (3-3) by a point early in the second half. K.J. Lawson had 17 points, Markel Crawford scored 16, Craig Randall II added 15 points and Martin scored 14 for Memphis.

Jok, the Big 10’s scoring leader, rebounded after No. 7 Virginia, which boasts the nation’s top scoring defense, held him to only 13 points in Iowa’s Friday’s 74-41 semifinal loss. Jok was averaging 24.3 points per game going into Saturday’s contest. Tyler Cook was the only other Hawkeye scoring in double figures with 17.

Alaska Anchorage beats Drake in Great Alaska Shootout


November 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Sekou Wiggs scored 24 points and added five assists as tournament host Alaska Anchorage defeated Drake 74-69 on Saturday in the seventh place game of the Great Alaska Shootout. The loss sends Drake to a 0-3 record at the tournament.

Wiggs finished 7 of 17 from the field. Spencer Svejcar finished an efficient 5 of 9 from the field and 7 of 7 at the line for 20 points for the Seawolves. Reed Trimmer led Drake with 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting. The Bulldogs (1-4) outshot Alaska Anchorage 48.1 percent to 42.3 but finished in a minus-9 hole at the free throw line (19-10).

The game was tied at halftime, but the Seawolves gained some breathing room in the second half. Wiggs hit a 3-pointer and jumper on back-to-back possessions for a 38-33 lead. A Svejcar 3-pointer with 11:40 left made it 55-40 and Drake never recovered.

Iowa player says Nebraska player hurled racial slurs at him


November 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa football player says a Nebraska player directed racial slurs at him as the Big Ten rivals played in Iowa City on Friday. The Des Moines Register reports Iowa defensive tackle Faith Ekakitie says he was the target of racial slurs from a Nebraska offensive lineman. Ekakitie, who is black, declined to name the player during postgame interviews Friday evening.

Asked Saturday by The Associated Press about Ekakitie’s allegation, Nebraska football spokesman Keith Mann sent a one-sentence written statement saying the Nebraska athletic department and team officials are aware of Ekakitie’s comments. Mann did not respond to follow-up questions asking whether team officials had spoken to Nebraska players about the allegations or whether Nebraska plans to investigate.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Ekakitie is a native of Brampton, Ontario, and went to high school in Lake Forest, Illinois. He finished with five tackles in Iowa’s 40-10 win over Nebraska.

No. 9 Xavier dominates in 64-42 win over Northern Iowa


November 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CINCINNATI (AP) — J.P. Macura scored 18 points, and Xavier’s defense dug in during a dominant first half, sending the ninth-ranked Musketeers to a 64-42 victory over Northern Iowa on Saturday. Xavier (6-0) completely controlled a rematch of teams playing for the second time in six days. The Musketeers beat Northern Iowa 67-59 for championship of Tire Pros Invitational in Orlando last Sunday.

The Musketeers looked very comfortable in their second go-round against the Panthers (3-2). Northern Iowa had trouble finding open shots while Xavier raced ahead 30-10, going 4 of 13 from the field with seven turnovers. The Musketeers led 35-12 at halftime — the fewest points they had allowed in any half for 34 years.

Xavier pushed the lead to 26 points early in the second half and was never threatened. Jeremy Morgan scored 14 points — all in the second half — for Northern Iowa.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 11/26/2016

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November 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Women’s college b-ball: Iowa Downs James Madison, 90-75


November 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The University of Iowa women’s basketball team reached 90 points for the second time in seven games and downed James Madison, 90-75, on Friday in the Cancun Challenge in the Hard Rock Hotel. The Hawkeyes improved to 5-2 overall and split two games in Cancun. James Madison is 3-3.UI sophomore Megan Gustafson was named to the all-tournament team. She scored a game-high 23 points against James Madison on 11-of-16 shooting from the field. Gustafson also led the Hawkeyes with eight rebounds.

The Hawkeyes are now 8-2 all-time playing in Cancun. Iowa closes the month of November with a home game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge against No. 1 Notre Dame on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. (CT).


No. 7 Virginia beats Iowa 74-41


November 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Updated) — NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jerred Reuter led a well-balanced scoring attack with 14 points and No. 7 Virginia’s stifling trademark defense set the tone for a 74-41 victory over Iowa on Friday night in the semifinals of the Emerald Coast Classic. The Cavaliers (5-0) will play for the tournament title today (Saturday) against Providence. Iowa takes on the Memphis Tigers this (Saturday) afternoon, in Florida, beginning at 2-p.m. on KJAN.

Three other Cavaliers scored in double figures: London Perrantes with 12, Isaiah Wilkins 11 and Darius Thompson 10. Offense, though, took a back seat as it often does whenever Virginia plays. The Cavaliers began the day leading the nation in scoring defense by holding opponents to 38.8 points per game. Iowa (3-2) barely bested that average, led by Peter Jok’s 13 points. The Hawkeyes shot only 31.3 percent from the field including 26.1 percent from 3-point range. The Cavaliers hit 48.3 percent from the field including 47.1 percent on 3s.

UC Davis beats Drake 64-58 in Great Alaska Shootout


November 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Brynton Lemar scored 17 points and had five assists as UC Davis beat Drake 64-58 in the Great Alaska Shootout on Friday night. UC Davis (5-2) concludes the tournament in the fourth-place game against Oakland, while Drake (1-4) will play Alaska Anchorage for seventh. Both games are Saturday.

Darius Graham added 13 points and five assists for the Aggies. Chima Moneke had 12 points. Casey Schlatter scored 15 points to lead Drake. Reed Timmer, the Bulldogs’ leading scorer, was held to five points on 2-of-9 shooting.

It was tied 42-all with nine minutes left. Graham made a 3-pointer to spark a 19-10 spurt and the Aggies led 61-52 with 2:14 to play. Graham scored eight points and Moneke had six during the stretch. It was the first meeting between the schools.

Iowa tops No. 17 Nebraska 40-10, Wisconsin wins Big Ten West


November 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — C.J. Beathard threw three touchdown passes and Iowa pummeled No. 17 Nebraska 40-10 on Friday, knocking the Cornhuskers out of Big Ten title contention and sending Wisconsin to the championship game. LeShun Daniels Jr. ran for 158 yards and two scores and George Kittle caught two TD passes for the Hawkeyes (8-4, 6-3 Big Ten). They closed the regular season with three straight wins — two of them over ranked opponents.

Iowa broke open what was expected to be a tight game with a 75-yard TD run by Akrum Wadley and a 77-yard touchdown throw from Beathard to Riley McCarron in the first quarter. Kittle then put the Hawkeyes ahead 33-10 on a 6x-yard TD catch with 11:13 left. Tommy Armstrong started for Nebraska (9-3, 6-3) despite a balky hamstring and was just 13 of 35 passing for 125 yards.

The Cornhuskers, who entered November as a legitimate playoff contender, were outscored 102-13 in their last two road games. Iowa will find out which bowl game it will play in next Sunday.

Burton scores 20, No. 21 Iowa State beats Miami 73-56


November 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 11/26) — LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Deonte Burton scored 21 points and Darrell Bowie keyed a second-half surge that carried No. 21 Iowa State to a 73-56 victory over Miami in the AdvoCare Invitational at Disney World on Friday. The Cyclones (5-0) advanced to Sunday’s championship game, bouncing back from a poor shooting performance in a tournament-opening win over Indiana State. Matt Thomas had 12 points and Nazareth Mitrou-Long added 10 for Iowa State, which will face either No. 11 Gonzaga Sunday afternoon, for the title.

Bowie hit an awkward layup as he tumbled to the floor and also hit a short jumper during a 17-2 run the Cyclones put together over an 8-minute stretch of the second half. Ja’Quan Newton led Miami with 21 points. Backcourt mate Davon Reed added 13 for the Hurricanes, who shot 36 percent from the field, including going just 2 of 16 on 3-point attempts.