Iowa-Indiana: Hawkeyes Escape With a Victory

P MurphyContributor IJanuary 4, 2009

Iowa (11-4, 1-1) escaped with a win last night against Indiana (5-8, 0-1) 65-60 at Carver Hawkeye Arena just three days after Iowa almost beat Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.

Iowa had a commanding 13 point leading before Indiana went on a ten point run to pull within 63-60 with about 20 seconds left before Iowa’s defense stepped up against Indiana.  Jeff Peterson made two free throws and Andrew Brommer had a steal to seal the win for Iowa.

Cyrus Tate led all scorers with 22 points and led all with 11 rebounds.  Peterson also had 16 points and five assists while Jake Kelly had 10 points and two steals for the Hawkeyes.  Iowa is now 9-0 at home this season despite blowing a 13 point lead and almost losing the game to Indiana.

Indiana’s Nick Williams had 14 points and two assists while Devan Dumes added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Hoosiers.  Indiana lost its three road game (0-3) this season while starting four freshmen against Iowa. 

Indiana had its biggest lead at the beginning of the game 4-2 before Iowa hit a three pointer to retake the lead.  Indiana regained the lead a few times later on in the first half before Iowa took a commanding lead.  Indiana climbed back into the game right before halftime to cut the lead back to six points 33-27.

Iowa shot 46 percent while shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc.  Indiana shot almost the same against Iowa by hitting 43 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc. 

Iowa only shot 14 three pointers, while making five of them against Indiana.  They tried 14 less three pointers against Indiana then they did against Ohio State.  Iowa also improved on turnovers (11) by committing three lesser turnovers then they did against Ohio State.

This is another game Iowa played without their leading scorer Anthony Tucker.  In the last three games, Tucker has only played one minute with zero points and two fouls.  What has happened to Tucker since his public intoxication incident he had earlier in the season?

Indiana will host Michigan (11-3 1-1), while Iowa puts it undefeated home record up against a red hot Minnesota (13-1 1-1) team next Thursday.  Minnesota beat Ohio State 68-59 in Minneapolis while only having played and won away game this season.