GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS -- Iowa rode the hot shooting of sophomores Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook who combined for 59 points‘, to beat UAB, 95-85, in the seventh-place game of the Cayman Islands Classic Wednesday.
The Hawkeyes shot a season-high 60 percent, while snapping a two-game losing streak to improve to 4-2 entering a Nov. 28 game at Virginia Tech as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Bohannon tallied a career-high 30 points, including a season-high six three-point baskets. Cook, a 6-foot 9-inch forward, added a career-high 29 points.
Bohanon hit two straight three-point baskets, rallying Iowa from a 33-30 deficit while igniting a 19-4 outburst to end the half that allowed the Hawkeyes to enjoy a 49-37 lead.
Bohanon and Cook combined for 30 points in the first half with Bohanon netting 16 points.
Senior forward Chris Cokley led UAB (3-3) with 25 points, while grabbing a game-high eight rebounds.
Iowa shot a sizzling 65.2 percent in the second half, making 15 of 23 shots.
A three-point basket by junior guard Isaiah Moss gave Iowa its biggest lead of the game at 58-43 with 16:59 left.
But the Blazers reeled off 14 straight points to pull within 58-57 following a layup by Zack Bryant. A three-point basket by Jalen Perry tied the game at 60-60.
Cook responded with six straight points, including a dunk that gave Iowa a 66-63 lead it would never relinquish. Cook finished with a career-high 13 free throws.
Freshman forward Luka Garza had 14 points and seven rebounds for Iowa with Moss collecting 12 points, making all 10 free throw shots.
Perry came off the bench finishing with 13 points and five rebounds. Guard Nate Darling added 13 points for UAB, while guard Nick Norton had 10.
UAB outrebounded Iowa, 35-29, owning a 14-4 advantage on the offensive glass enabling the Blazers to score 20 second-chance points.
“Jordan (Bohannon) and Tyler (Cook) were really special today,” said Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey. “I thought we got some activity out of press in second half and executed better and we got to the free throw line."
“We’re were honored to be a part of this inaugural tournament here. This (Cayman Islands Classic) is a first class event. The venue, weather and hospitality has been great. We would definitely come back and highly recommend other teams to come here.”