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Wieskamp Helps No. 14 Iowa Hold Off Pittsburgh 69-68

PITT Falls To 6-1, Take On Duquesne In The City Game On Friday At PPG Paints Arena

November 27, 2018 - 11:54 pm


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Freshman guard Joe Wieskamp had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Nicholas Baer scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and 14th-ranked Iowa held off Pittsburgh 69-68 on Tuesday night for its third win over a power program this season.

Jordan Bohannon had 12 points and six steals for the Hawkeyes (6-0), who’ve also taken down Oregon and Connecticut this month.

Pitt (6-1) put itself in position for the upset — only to miss two shots in the final 10.4 seconds that would’ve given the Panthers the win.

Baer and Pitt freshman Xavier Johnson traded free throws to make it a 69-68 game with 40.7 seconds left. Iowa’s Connor McCaffery then missed a 3 at the shot-clock buzzer.

Tyler Cook grabbed the rebound — only to miss both ensuing free throws. Trey McGowens and Sidy N’Dir each had chances for the game-winning shot, with Iowa only securing the victory when N’Dir’s desperate turnaround jumper went awry.

A pair of crucial 3s by Baer helped Iowa jump ahead 64-62. Johnson then missed a driving layup, but Kene Chukwuka pulled Pitt to 67-66 on an underneath bucket with 1:09 to go.

Johnson had 18 points to lead Pitt.

The Hawkeyes announced just before tip-off that junior reserve forward Cordell Pemsl will have season-ending surgery next month.


Pitt: The Panthers have to be more than a little encouraged by their first performance on the road. They shot the lights out in a venue they’ve never played in before and knocked Iowa’s potent offense off its rhythm for much of the night.

Iowa: It’s too early to tell if this will end up being remembered as a November clunker — nearly every team in America has at least one — or a troubling sign that the Hawkeyes’ defense, a major problem a year ago, is still too leaky. Still, Iowa got the stops it needed late.


This performance could drop the Hawkeyes down a few pegs in next week’s poll — though they get a crack at No. 22 Wisconsin in just three days.


The Panthers face city rival Duquesne in downtown Pittsburgh.

Iowa hosts the Badgers on Friday in its Big Ten opener.


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