Game thread: No. 22 Indiana 85, No. 5 Iowa 78
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Final - Indiana 85, Iowa 78
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Iowa fizzled, then it sizzled. Then it fell apart.
In a game where it took 10 minutes to find their defense, the No. 5 Hawkeyes fought from a 16-point deficit to lead for most of the second half before gassing out in an 85-78 loss at No. 22 Indiana Thursday night.
The defeat puts Iowa (19-5, 10-2) in a three-way tie for first place with the Hoosiers (19-5, 10-2) and No. 2 Maryland (22-3, 10-5). Ironically, the last time Iowa started Big Ten play 10-1 in 1981-82, it suffered a mid-February loss at Indiana.
Before the most raucous atmosphere it has faced all year, Iowa’s defense was two steps behind the Indiana offense from the opening tip. The Hoosiers hit Iowa with a barrage from which it took the Hawkeyes most of the first half to recover. The Hoosiers scored on six consecutive possessions to lead 18-10. Indiana crushed the Hawkeyes on the boards, grabbing 12 of the game’s first 17 rebounds. Of the Hoosiers’ 18 points, 10 were second-chance opportunities.
The Hoosiers extended their overall run to 20-4 and led 25-10 with 10:14 left in the first half. Iowa was caught flat-footed on defense. Even when Iowa forward Jarrod Uthoff cut into Indiana’s lead with a layup and 3-pointer, the Hoosiers bounced back with a pair of big plays. First, Nick Zeisloft drilled a 3-pointer to put Indiana ahead 33-20. Then on Iowa’s next possession, Hoosiers forward Collin Hartman blocked Uthoff’s offering at the rim and then hit another 3-pointer to put Indiana up 36-20 with 6 minutes left. Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery called a timeout and lit into his team.
It seemed to work. Iowa scored on its final eight possessions of the half, highlighted by a pair of Peter Jok 3-pointers. The Hawkeyes cut their deficit to 43-38 with 6 seconds to go, but Jok was whistled for a flagrant foul on Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell with .2 seconds left in the half. Ferrell converted both, and the Hoosiers led 45-38 at halftime.
Iowa opened the second half strong on 9-0 run to take a 47-45 lead. The Hawkeyes scored on 13 consecutive possessions, stretching from McCaffery’s timeout. The Hoosiers missed four shots and had two turnovers in their first six possessions. Iowa countered with layups from Jok and Mike Gesell, as well as a dunk from Uthoff.
Iowa led 60-56 with 9:35 left in the game, but Indiana’s offense became ruthlessly efficient. The Hoosiers scored on six consecutive trips en route to a 14-2 run. A traditional three-point play by Troy Williams followed by a Ferrell 3-pointer put Indiana up 70-62. The Hawkeyes cut their deficit to 70-66, but Indiana converted five consecutive free throws while Iowa countered with a turnover and a missed jumper to boost the Hoosiers’ lead to nine.
Iowa trailed by seven with 45 seconds left but climbed back within three points on an Adam Woodbury putback and a pair of free throws from Gesell. A Hartman dunk with 13.4 seconds left virtually iced the game.
Uthoff led all scorers with 24 points. Gesell scored 17, and Woodbury had 13 points and 15 rebounds. Ferrell scored 14 for the Hoosiers but was 2 of 12 from the field. He converted all eight free-throw opportunities. Indiana was 18 of 21 from the free-throw line, while Iowa was 13 of 23.
The Hawkeyes return home at 6:30 p.m. Sunday to play Minnesota (6-18, 0-12).
-- Scott Dochterman
3:50 2nd - Indiana 75, Iowa 66
Iowa has missed eight of its last nine shots and is in real danger following the final media timeout.
Jarrod Uthoff leads all scorers with 23, but five IU players are in double figures and the Hoosiers' bench has outscored the Hawkeyes' 26-0.
Iowa is gassed right now.— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) February 12, 2016
7:23 2nd - Indiana 64, Iowa 61
A Jarrod Uthoff 3-pointer put Iowa up 55-52, and the Hawkeyes held the lead from 12:19 to 8:52.
2H (12:25) IOWA Jarrod Uthoff made Three Point Jumper. Assisted by Mike Gesell.
But Indiana is now on a 8-1 run to go up three.
Iowa's Peter Jok had to leave the game with an apparent ankle injury, but quickly returned.
The Hoosiers are just 1-for-9 from 3-point range in this half, but have stayed aggressive on the glass. IU has six offensive boards -- 18 total -- and seven second-chance points.
15:11 2nd - Indiana 50, Iowa 50
Iowa scored on 13 straight possessions to take the lead. Jarrod Uthoff's dunk tied it at 45, then a Peter Jok layup put the Hawkeyes in front.
Mike Gesell and Robert Johnson then traded 3s. Johnson leads IU with 13 points, matching Uthoff.
Half - Indiana 45, Iowa 38
Indiana led by 16 points in the first half before Iowa went on an 8-0 run, including two Peter Jok 3s, to stay within striking distance.
Mike Gesell's jumper, then a free throw off a runout with under a minute left sliced the lead to five, but Jok was called for an intentional foul with 0.2 seconds to go and Yogi Ferrell hit two free throws for the halftime margin.
The Hoosiers have 17 second-chance points on 12 offensive rebounds.
Jarrod Uthoff leads Iowa with 11 points, while Anthony Clemmons has 10 and Jok eight.
Nick Zeisloft has nine points for IU.
Iowa shot 51.7 percent to Indiana's 50.0, making 5 of 10 3-pointers after a 1-for-6 start. The Hoosiers were 7 for 13 from behind the arc.
7:08 1st - Indiana 30, Iowa 20
Iowa got down by 15 before Jarrod Uthoff converted a layup and 3-pointer to bring the Hawkeyes within 10.
Indiana has made 4-of-8 3-point attempts and has nine offensive rebounds, which it has converted into 14 second-chance points.
Iowa has also struggled defending the paint at times in its 2-3 zone.
Iowa facing a motivated opponent in a hostile environment and has fallen way short of matching Indiana's intensity.— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) February 12, 2016
11:34 1st - Indiana 18, Iowa 10
Iowa is getting crushed on the boards.
Indiana has seven offensive rebounds and 10 second-chance points, with a chance to add more at the free throw line after the media timeout.
1H (14:47) IND Robert Johnson made Three Point Jumper. Assisted by Collin Hartman.
Even with Thomas Bryant out with foul trouble -- he had five boards in the first 4 1/2 minutes -- it's been all Hoosiers on the glass.
Jarrod Uthoff used a couple of nifty moves to make his first shots of the game, now leading the Hawkeyes with six points.
15:34 1st - Indiana 9, Iowa 6
IU's Thomas Bryant already has five rebounds, scoring twice on offensive boards. But he picked up his second foul going into the media timeout.
Iowa's Mike Gesell reached 1,000 career points with a layup on a 3-on-2 fastbreak.
A few nerves out there early in this big game -- both teams have two turnovers, and Jarrod Uthoff air-balled a 3-point attempt. And you can't blame them.
This place always is a good setting for college hoops. But this is well beyond what I've seen here for Iowa-Indiana before.— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) February 12, 2016
Matchup: No. 5 Iowa (19-4, 10-1) @ No. 22 Indiana (19-5, 10-2)
Time: 8 p.m.
TV: ESPN (Online: WatchESPN)
Pregame Reading: Iowa-Indiana breakdown