No. 19 Iowa was blown out in a matchup of top-20 teams Monday night at Breslin Center, falling 90-68 at No. 10 Michigan State.
The Hawkeyes (6-2, 0-2) dropped their second game in the early Big Ten schedule while the Spartans improved to 2-0 in the league and 7-2 overall.
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MVP: Michigan State 6-foot-9, 245-pound center Nick Ward was a perfect 10-for-10 from the field, all at or near the rim. He had three dunks and finished with 26 points in 23 minutes. Ward added nine rebounds and two blocks.
Turning point: It's weird to call 1/4 of the game a turning point, but the statistics in the first part of the second half are worth calling out. The Hawkeyes missed 19 of their first 20 field goal attempts after halftime as Michigan State went on a 23-3 run. It was unlikely Iowa could rally from a 43-33 deficit for a road win, but what was at least a competitive game quickly turned into a one-sided rout. Iowa freshman Joe Wieskamp also appeared to hurt his right ankle during this stretch and never returned.
Key stat: 28. The Spartans assisted on 28 of their 31 made baskets. Iowa mixed up its defenses, particularly in the first half, throwing in a 2-3 zone, 1-2-2 press and man-to-man, but MSU routinely found an open man under the basket. That was often Ward. Point guard Cassius Winston led the Spartans with 12 helpers.
Points: Tyler Cook, Iowa (15); Nick Ward, MSU (26)
Rebounds: Luka Garza, Iowa (9); Kenny Goins, MSU (14)
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Assists: Isaiah Moss, Tyler Cook, Luka Garza, Connor McCaffery, Iowa (3); Cassius Winston, MSU (12)
Steals: Joe Wieskamp, Tyler Cook, Iowa (2); Kyle Ahrens, MSU (3)
Blocks: Xavier Tillman, MSU (4)
3-Pointers: Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss, Iowa (2); Joshua Langford, MSU (2)
Up next: Iowa returns to non-conference play, but the competition certainly doesn't get any easier. The Hawkeyes host Iowa State (6-1) in the annual Cy-Hawk game at 7 p.m. Thursday (FS1).