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Penn State vs Iowa
February 3, 2017
Bryce Jordan Center (University Park, Pa.)
In the first meeting of the season, Penn State and Iowa opened the 2017-18 Big Ten season on December 2, 2017. Penn State gained their first win at Iowa City since March 1, 2001. With the win on Saturday evening, Penn State swept Iowa in the regular season for the first time ever.
Penn State holds a 7-1 record over Iowa in ‘second’ meeting in conference regular season action played in University Park, Pa., and now holds an 8-7 advantage in all regular season ‘second’ meetings.
The Nittany Lions improved to 12-9 against Iowa when playing in University Park.
Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery and Penn State Head Coach Patrick Chambers are both Philadelphia natives.
Penn State Team Notes
Penn State ended the first half 47-28 against the Hawkeyes. This marks the most first-half points by Penn State since Dec. 9 vs. George Washington (48).
The last time the Nittany Lions ended the first half with 47 points or more against a Big Ten opponent was on February 28, 2010, against Northwestern (49).
Penn State finished the first half with 19 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks, and shooting from the field at 59-percentage.
Penn State tallied a season-best 35 made baskets.
Both teams shot a combined 1-12 from the field to open the second half.
The Nittany Lions improve to 13-2 on the season when outrebounding their opponent.
This marks the ninth time Penn State has held its opponent under 60 points.
This is 11th time Penn State has held its opponent to
This is the 12th time this season that Penn State has had four or more players in double
This win marks the first time Penn State has had at least six conference wins in three consecutive seasons since 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96.
This marks both the earliest in terms of date, and quickest in terms of games played, Penn State has reached 16 wins in a season. In the 2008-09 season, the Nittany Lions got their 16th in of the season against Iowa on January 24, 2009, in 21 games (16-5).
This win brings the Nittany Lions to 6-6 in conference play. This is the latest in the season that Penn State has been .500 or better in conference play since the 2010-11 season, in which they finished 9-9.
This was the largest margin of victory (+24) against a Big 10 opponent Penn State has had since January 24, 2015, when the Nittany Lions beat Rutgers by 28.
This is the 10th game Penn State has shot above 50-percent from the field.
Lamar Stevens reached a career-high with four blocks, all in the first half. Stevens finished with 17 points for his 21st double-digit performance of the season, and 42nd of his career. He also added six rebounds, two assists, and a steals.
Tony Carr finished with 16 points, 21st double-digit performance of the season, and 47th of his career, adding six boards, and three dimes.
Josh Reaves added 11 points for his 13th double-digit performance of the year and 25th of his career. He led the team in assists with five, adding two rebounds and a steal.
At the 14:19 minute mark in the second half, Mike Watkins grabbed his sixth rebound of the night for his 500th career rebound. Watkins is the second player in the record book to reach this milestone by his sophomore year of eligibility.
Mike Watkins finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, becoming only the fourth player in Penn State history to record multiple career double-doubles against Iowa (3/5/17:17 pts 12
Watkins now has 19 career double-doubles, tying Aaron Johnson and Tom Hovasse for fifth-most in Penn State history. This marks his 11th double-double of the season, which ties Johnson (‘04-’05) and John Amaechi (‘93-’94) for fourth-most in a single season in Penn State history.
Watkins was 9-10 from the floor, which was the highest individual field goal percentage performance (min. 10 attempts) since 1988 (9-10, Ed Fogell vs. George Washington, 3/2/1988). His percentage helped increase his career field goal percentage to 63.8, moving him the third on the NCAA active career leaderboard, trailing Tacko Fall (UCF, 73.6%) and Devante Cacok (UNCG, 68.3%).