Iowa Men's Basketball

Iowa Hawkeyes freeze up, get iced by Indiana, 81-69

No. 4 Iowa went 11 second-half minutes without a basket

IOWA CITY — Oh, it was frigid in Carver-Hawkeye Arena between Thursday between 9:15 and 10 p.m.

Indiana played tight, physical, effective defense Thursday night and knocked Iowa out of what would have been a share of first place in the Big Ten men’s basketball standings.

The Hoosiers muscled up and muscled out of Carver-Hawkeye Arena with an 81-69 victory over the No. 4 Hawkeyes. They hollered in joy all the way from the court to their locker room afterward.

Iowa went from the 12-minute mark of the game to the 1-minute mark without a basket. In that time, the Hawkeyes missed 12 straight shots and their 53-44 lead turned into a 73-61 deficit.

Iowa slipped to 12-3 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten, a game behind first-place Michigan. Indiana improved to 9-6, 4-4.

It was the Hawkeyes’ first home loss of the season and ended their five-game winning streak. They hadn’t won in Carver by less than 13 points in their nine home tilts.

Iowa came in as the nation’s second-best offense with 92.2 points per game. But it managed just four fast-break points and failed to cash in on a 46-32 rebounding advantage.

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The Hawkeyes came in leading the Big Ten in 3-pointers per game with 10.3 but made just 5 in 23 tries, none in the second half until Luka Garza hit one with 27 seconds left. Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon was 0-of-8. Indiana entered last in the league in 3s, but sank eight.

Freshman forward Keegan Murray started the second half for Iowa because guard CJ Fredrick had a lower leg injury suffered earlier in the game and didn’t return. Murray got six points in the first 5:03 of the half before picking up his third foul.

The first half had a racehorse scoring pace for a while, then settled into something significantly slower.

Iowa didn’t score in the last 2:35 of the half after it was up 37-28, its largest lead before the break. Indiana shot six free throws in that 2:35, but converted only three to trail 37-31 at halftime.

The Hoosiers led for only 50 seconds in the half, at 14-13 and 16-15. With the game tied at 18, Wieskamp totaled seven points over three possessions. He hit a jumper, stole the ball and dunked it, then hit a 3-pointer. All that occurred in a 44-second stretch.

Indiana pulled back within 27-26, but Iowa went on a 10-2 run to open it up.

Wieskamp and Garza had 15 points apiece to account for 81 percent of the Hawkeyes’ scoring in the first half. Wieskamp also had six rebounds and two steals in the first 20 minutes.

Iowa shot 51.7 percent from the field in the half, but was just 4-of-13 from 3-point distance. Wieskamp was 3-of-4, but his teammates were a combined 1-of-9.

Luka Garza had a game-high 28 points for Iowa. Wieskamp scored 16, all but one of those in the first half. Wieskamp had a career-high 12 rebounds. Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 23 points.

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The Hawkeyes aren’t scheduled to play again until Jan. 29 when they are at Illinois.

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