Hoosiers’ conference struggles continue with 77-72 loss to No. 20 Iowa

  • Hoosiers’ conference struggles continue with 77-72 loss to No. 20 Iowa

Hoosiers’ conference struggles continue with 77-72 loss to No. 20 Iowa

Iowa improves to 17-5 overall and 9-3 in the Big Ten.

Romeo Langford led IU with 22 points while Morgan added 17 but the Hoosiers couldn't slow down the Hawkeyes' duo of Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook.

Iowa forward Luka Garza (55) is fouled by IN forward Juwan Morgan (13) IN the first half of an NCAA college basketball game IN Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Of course, the reason he only played 22 minutes was that he was called for four fouls by the 16:49 mark of the second half and couldn't play much down the stretch.

The Hoosiers stayed within striking distance in the second half, cutting the deficit to 64-61 with 3:47 remaining with possession of the ball.

IN got within three twice - when Langford made a 3 with 19.8 seconds left and again when Rob Phinisee made a 3 with 6.8 seconds to go - but never got another chance to tie the score. The Hawkeyes haven't had a lot of recent success in this matchup, but right now I still think we are getting a pick 'em with two teams that are still quite a way apart, so I'll take a shot with Iowa for the road win here. Then the Hawkeyes' 3-point shooters warmed up and helped the Hawkeyes pull out to a 46-36 lead at the half.

While the Hawkeyes are trending in the right direction, the Wildcats have lost three-straight games by an average margin of 13.6 points.

Winning on the road in the Big 10 is never easy.

It was the type of offensive performance that was missing in the second half of their last meeting with the Spartans, where they shot 28.6 percent in the second half. Yet somehow they still picked up a crucial victory.

Indiana: The Hoosiers played hard and even outplayed Iowa over the final 20 minutes.

"I was being more of a facilitator in the first half and I tried to get the ball toward the end of the game and I tried to make some plays", said Bohannon. They y committed eight turnovers in the first half and couldn't come all the way back after allowing their second-highest first-half point total this season. Iowa hosts Northwestern at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

IOWA (18-5) - Cook 9-17 3-4 21, Garza 1-4 2-2 4, Wieskamp 4-7 1-2 13, Moss 0-4 0-0 0, Bohannon 7-13 6-7 25, Kriener 1-4 0-0 2, N.Baer 2-7 0-0 5, Dailey 2-3 0-0 4, McCaffery 1-1 1-2 3. The junior drilled a 3-pointer from the corner (off a Cook assist) with 1:31 left to give Iowa a six-point lead, and following another Morgan dunk, Bohannon did it again, hitting a deep dagger 3-pointer, to put Iowa up seven.