Jordan Bohannon on game winner: 'I knew before the ball left my hand I was going to make it'
There was never any doubt for Iowa star shooter Jordan Bohannon. When he got the ball with three seconds left against Northwestern on Sunday night, his shot was going down.
Bohannon buried a game-winning three-point shot on Sunday, propelling No. 20 Iowa to a 80-79 win over Northwestern. His bucket helped cap a 15-point second half comeback and gave the Hawkeyes their third straight win this season.
After the game, Bohannon said he never had any doubt that the shot was going in.
“Oh yeah, I knew before the ball even left my hand that I was going to make it,” Bohannon said after the win.
Bohannon has been Iowa’s go-to player down the stretch late in games, and he’s pulled through for the Hawkeyes. Though he didn’t play his best game on Sunday, he hit some big buckets when it mattered most.
He said it’s because he feels comfortable in those late-game situations.
“Ice in my veins, right?” Bohannon joked when asked what changes at the end of games. “I just feel really comfortable towards the end of games. When you have a coach like Coach McCaffery that gives the ultimate green light to you and gives you the supreme confidence to hit shots like that down the stretch. It would’ve been really easy for him to sit me the rest of the game how I was playing. He was really confident in me and everyone else out there that we could pull this off and that’s what we did.”
Bohannon finished the game with 15 points and was one of four Hawkeyes to reach double figures in the victory.
With the win, Iowa improved to 8-5 in B1G play and is 19-5 overall. The next test for the Hawkeyes comes next Saturday when they travel to Rutgers.