MINNEAPOLIS — Peter Jok got back to being Peter Jok in the second half Wednesday night.
But even a 28-point outburst by the Iowa senior wasn’t enough to keep the Hawkeyes from having their three-game winning streak brought to an agonizing halt.
Nate Mason and Jordan Murphy scored 25 points apiece and Minnesota’s big men dominated inside as the Golden Gophers outlasted the Hawkeyes in a 101-89 double-overtime victory at Williams Arena.
The Gophers (17-7 overall, 5-6 Big Ten) held Iowa without a field goal for the final 4 minutes, 13 seconds and outscored the Hawkeyes 17-5 in the second extra period.
Murphy added 19 rebounds and four blocked shots in probably the best game of his career and teammate Reggie Lynch also blocked six shots as the Golden Gophers set a school record by swatting away 14 Iowa shot attempts.
But it was Mason, their 6-foot-2 point guard, who made the biggest plays down the stretch.
“We’ve talked about making plays at the end and Nate Mason made some huge plays,’’ Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said in a postgame interview with the Big Ten Network. “And we finally got some defensive stops … More than anything, we just made plays.’’
Iowa, which trailed by as much as 14 points in the second half, had a 77-75 lead at the end of regulation before Mason drove to score the tying points with nine seconds left.
Iowa (14-11, 6-6 Big Ten) had the ball with the lead a few seconds earlier and Brady Ellingson appeared to be calling timeout but the officials called a jump ball instead, giving the Gophers the ball with 20 seconds remaining. Replays also showed that Murphy’s left foot was out of bounds when he tied up Ellingson for the jump ball.
After Mason’s tying basket, Jordan Bohannon missed a fallaway 17-foot jumper and the game went to overtime.
Minnesota grabbed a quick 82-77 advantage in the first OT, but Iowa fought back to tie it at 84 on a Bohannon jumper with 1:35 remaining. Both teams missed opportunities after that with Nicholas Baer’s desperation 30-footer ticking off the rim as the overtime period ended.
Bohannon knocked down a 3-pointer to give Iowa an 87-86 edge in the second overtime, but the Hawkeyes did not get another field goal the rest of the way. The Gophers then scored eight straight points, including easy baskets by Amir Coffey and Mason following Hawkeye turnovers.
Mason made two free throws with 1:34 to go and Akeem Springs, who made five 3-point field goals and scored 17 points, also made a pair with a minute to go to help Minnesota hang on.
The contest, which included included 14 ties and 18 lead changes, was eerily similar to Iowa’s earlier double-overtime loss on the road at Nebraska.
As in that game, Isaiah Moss kept the Hawkeyes alive in the first half, scoring 12 of his 19 points in the first 20 minutes.
Despite that, Minnesota opened a 40-29 halftime edge as Murphy scored on a putback as the half ended.
The Minnesota lead peaked at 14 (48-34) before Jok spearheaded a monstrous comeback, as he did in the earlier loss at Nebraska.
The senior, in only his second game since returning from a back injury, scored only two points in the first half, but he netted 10 quick points in a stunning run of 14 straight points that gave the Hawkeyes a 57-56 lead.
They led by as much as three on two different occasions but Coffey, Murphy and Mason rallied the Gophers. Baer’s only basket of the game gave Iowa a 77-75 lead with 46 seconds to go in regulation before Mason tied it up.