IOWA CITY, Iowa - On Friday night, the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team faced its second Big Ten opponent in six days. Unfortunately, Friday’s game followed a pattern similar to the Quakers’ loss last Saturday. Iowa dominated every facet of the game in the first half, and cruised to an 86-55 win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Penn is now 1-3 on the young season, while the Hawkeyes -- who entered the game ranked 25th in the latest ESPN/USA Today poll -- remained undefeated at 5-0.
Penn actually held the lead through the first seven minutes, as Miles Jackson-Cartwright’s shot from the left elbow put the Quakers up 13-12 with 13:52 left in the first half.
It was all Iowa after that. The Hawkeyes scored every which way, benefited from a lopsided foul count (17-6), and took full advantage of Penn’s 17 first-half turnovers with a 24-4 advantage in points off turnovers. By the break, the score was 48-27 and the drama was drained from this one.
Penn briefly stirred to life at the start of the second half, scoring the first seven points as Tony Hicks had five of them. The Quakers got within 13 points on two occasions after that, at 49-36 and again at 53-40, before Iowa returned to form and put this one away.
The knockout blow was delivered over a five-minute period midway through the second half. Iowa was up 64-46, then reeled off 10 of the next 11 points to blow out to a 27-point lead. Penn knocked down the next four points, to make the score 74-51, but the Hawkeyes ran off the next 10 in a row to make it 84-51. The lead crested at 34 (86-52), before Camryn Crocker scored the game’s final three points.
Darien Nelson-Henry finished the game with Penn highs in points (13) and rebounds (6), while Hicks had 10 points and five assists. They remain the only players to reach double figures in points in every Penn game this season. Fran Dougherty had eight points, while Henry Brooks and Jackson-Cartwright had six each.
For Iowa, Jarrod Uthoff finished with 19 points while Roy Devyn Marble had 13 and Mike Gesell added 10. Marble also picked up six of Iowa’s 14 steals, and the Hawkeyes enjoyed a glaring 30-10 advantage in points off turnovers in the game. (Penn committed an unsightly 25 on the night.)
In the battle between the Jok brothers, Peter ended the night with eight points in 14 minutes. Dau Jok, did not score for Penn, going 0-for-6 on three-pointers over 15 minutes. The two brothers were matched up on each other a few times down the stretch, briefly stirring an otherwise sleep second-half crowd.
Penn returns to action on Tuesday, hosting Niagara at The Palestra. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Game Notes: The game marked Penn’s first trip to the state of Iowa … The game matched up Penn senior Dau Jok against his younger brother, Iowa freshman Peter Jok. Peter finished the game with eight points, while Dau went 0-of-6 from the field and had two rebounds … Iowa’s head coach is Fran McCaffery; the game matched up Jerome Allen against a fellow Penn alum for the second time. (He also coached against Andy Toole when Penn played Robert Morris on Nov. 19, 2011.) … Senior Fran Dougherty matched a career high in assists (2) and steals (2) … Sophomore Tony Hicks matched a career high with five assists … Senior Steve Rennard saw his first game action of the season; he missed the first three games due to injury.