SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Friday night at the Sanford Pentagon was a tale of two Hawkeyes.
There was the Iowa team from the 10-minute mark of the first half to the 10-minute mark of the second half that turned the ball over 12 times in just that span, was chasing on defense and just sort of lost in general.
Then there was the Iowa team that started and ended the game — an aggressive bunch on both ends of the floor that caused Colorado all kinds of problems with the press and in both man and zone. It was the latter version that swarmed to rebounds and worked the ball effectively for open looks.
Luckily for the Hawkeyes, it was the end-of-the-game version that showed up when it did. Iowa got a fourth straight win, 80-73, and sent the Buffaloes back to Boulder, Colo., empty-handed.
The Hawkeyes got solid performances out of several players overall Friday night, but were led most of all by Maishe Dailey and Isaiah Moss. It was Dailey who spurred Iowa back into the lead in the second half with eight straight points to reawaken an offense that had fallen off the rails. Dailey finished with 16 points and five rebounds on 5 of 7 shooting — 2 of 3 from 3-point range — in one of his best performances as a Hawkeye.
Moss co-led Iowa in scoring and got the Hawkeyes off to the good start to begin with. Moss was active offensively throughout, though he went on a bit of a dry spell during that middle portion of the game in which Iowa struggled so mightily. Moss finished with 16 points on 5 of 12 shooting, even while going 0 of 4 from 3-point range.
Jordan Bohannon, Tyler Cook and Cordell Pemsl added 14, 12 and 10 points, respectively, with Pemsl and Cook combining for 14 rebounds and swatting two blocks apiece
That Iowa was able to bounce back from the middle portion of the game was the most crucial part of the victory. The Hawkeyes finished the game with 19 turnovers as a team, with just three coming in the first 10 minutes.
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The win was Iowa’s fourth in a row, with just Northern Illinois left next week before Big Ten play resumes.