Iowa Scrapes Past Temple, 72-70, in Overtime Despite Poor Shooting and Late-Game Madness

The Hawkeyes couldn't buy a bucket in the second half, but their defense held just enough to push them through to the second round.

Adam Woodbury tipped in Mike Gesell's airball at the buzzer and the Iowa Hawkeyes advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Hawkeyes led for nearly all of Friday's matchup against Temple, but it took overtime to knock off the Owls, whose prayers were answered at the end of regulation when Anthony Clemmons fouled Quenton DeCosey on an airballed 3-pointer.

It shouldn't have been possible. Not only were the Hawkeyes 3rd in the country in free throws allowed per game (Temple had shot just 5 the entire game before DeCosey shot his 3), but Iowa's sharpshooter Peter Jok, an 86% free-throw shooter on the season, missed two free throws in the last 20 seconds to keep the Owls within striking distance.

It was that sort of game for Iowa, who shot an abysmal 1-19 from 3 after starting the game 6-9 and jumping out to an early double-digit lead. 

So how did Iowa get the win anyway?

By doing everything else right - and getting a little lucky, too.

Iowa turned the ball over just once in regulation, despite Temple's late-game pressure, and three times total. They also made more free throws than Temple attempted and grabbed several late-game offensive rebounds (they finished with 13 total) to extend possessions - most notably on Woodbury's tip. 

Even so, Temple had a chance to take a lead with 20 seconds to go and the score tied, 70-70, when Jarrod Uthoff sent Daniel Dingle to the free-throw line with a loose-ball foul. However, Dingle, a 55% free-throw shooter who had only been subbed in for his defense, missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and Iowa was able to hold the ball for a last-second shot.

The Hawkeyes play No. 2 seed Villanova on Sunday.

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