Iowa Beats Indiana Hoosiers to End Losing Skid

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 22, 2017

Indiana Basketball lost at Iowa Tuesday 96-90 in overtime.

He said there would be no questions answered on the free throw disparity.

"Theres absolutely no chance I'm gonna talk about the free throw shooting", Crean said. The ball popped up in the air and IU's Freddie McSwain went up to get it, but Baer came flying in out of nowhere and hammered the ball home through a McSwain Jr. foul. Don't waste your time asking me because the last thing I'm going to do is put myself in any situation for any fallback or any pushback.

He made plenty in overtime. The Hoosiers made 16 of their 19 attempts from the charity stripe.

Exactly 357 days after IN went into Iowa City and clinched a Big Ten championship, the Hoosiers made the same road trip, needing a win every bit as bad, even if for an entirely different reason, and walked with away with the latest IN a series of gut-wrenching defeats.

Jok broke a 55-year-old Iowa record - Don Nelson made 21-of-25 free throws against IN on February 17, 1962. Then Jordan Bohannon rattled home a triple to even the score at 55, his first points of the game.

It was another disappointing outcome for an IN team that has had plenty of them of late.

Not even the re-emergence of Robert Johnson on Tuesday night could prevent IN from losing a fifth straight game.

Northwestern has struggled of late and the Hoosiers get the Wildcats at home on Saturday night.

One game after dropping a 75-74 decision to Minnesota on the road, the Hoosiers lost another game they looked to be in control of in the final 8 minutes. Key players, such as senior leader Ally Disterhoft, left the contest in dismay after scoring only 9 points on a 3-of-13 shooting performance. That made it 66-58. A whopping 19 fouls were called in the first nine minutes of the half. Total fouls: IN 35, Iowa 22. That was an especially big number when you consider that IU's first foul in the first half didn't come until there was 8:47 showing on the clock in the half.

You knew that before IN and Iowa ever tipped off, even if the Hoosiers' fast start offered evidence to the contrary.

So in the final 31 minutes of regulation and overtime, in was whistled for 35 fouls. In that final 4 minutes and 46 seconds after IN took the 66-58 lead, IN committed six fouls. Iowa outscored the Hoosiers 18-7 to end the first half to only trail 33-32.

Four IU players fouled out - Juwan Morgan, Robert Johnson, Josh Newkirk and James Blackmon Jr. - although three of them were disqualified in the final 90 seconds of overtime. Don't look for him to see increased playing time unless McCaffery gets really desperate again. "At the end, we looked like we were exhausted, with people playing a lot more minutes than they are used to playing". IN simply had no answer for Peter Jok all game long. "I just have to watch the film and then take it from there".

The Hawkeyes tied the game for a fourth time on a Williams-to-Cook alley-oop with 2:46 remaining before a Cook slam 33 seconds later gave Iowa its first lead.

Trailing 75-73 in the final minute of regulation, in received a momentous defensive play when Johnson deflected the dribble of Jason Bohannon, and Josh Newkirk picked up the loose ball and got fouled on a fast break.

Newkirk made both free throws to tie the game. Thomas Bryant got away with a foul at the buzzer on Cook's attempt and we went onwards to overtime. The senior scored 11 straight Hawkeye points to open the overtime, staking his team to a 86-81 lead with two minutes left. But it was all Iowa from that point on. When Jok wasn't hitting shots when he was freed off the baseline to the perimeter (6-of-12), he was living at the line drawing fouls against the Hoosiers.

Johnson led IN with 19 points. Johnson also had six rebounds, seven assists and five steals.

Cook had 14 points for the Hawkeyes.

"I was impressed (with the resiliency) and I told them after the game how proud I was of them", said UI head coach Fran McCaffery.

"He was really good, really strong", McCaffery said.

"I wanted the ball in my hands", he said. "It's got to be hard to battle the way they've battled and then lose some close games the way they have". "That coaching staff is still coaching them up, those kids are still fighting". They're sharing the ball. "I don't see any selfishness, I don't see any quit". She's started 14 games this season, helping Iowa with defense, rebounding, and her return will be key in adding depth to a depleted roster.

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