How it Happened
The Hoosiers (15-13, 5-10 Big Ten) got off to a tremendous start, led by point guard Josh Newkirk. The junior came out firing right from the tip and scored seven points on 3-for-3 from the field in the first 2:10, including a deep pull-up triple that hit nothing but the bottom of the net. Robert Johnson added a layup as part of a 9-0 Indiana run to open the game that forced Iowa to call a timeout. After UI finally scored a basket, James Blackmon Jr. drained a 3 of his own and Indiana went in front 12-2, less than four minutes into the game.
The Hoosiers' lead hit as many as 13 at 17-4 before a pair of Iowa triples in succession stopped the bleeding and got the Hawkeye crowd back into it. The teams raced up and down the field at a breakneck pace, with Iowa (15-13, 7-8) using 12 players in the first seven minutes of the game. A Johnson 3-pointer, Indiana's fourth of the half, pushed his team's lead back to double digits at 20-10 with 13:11 remaining in the half.
Indiana continued to hold the Hawkeyes at an arm's length as the first half reached its later stages. At the under-eight timeout, IU was in front 26-18 thanks in large part to Iowa's inability to hold on to the ball. UI had already turned the ball over eight times to that point, leading to 10 Indiana points and allowing the Hoosiers to maintain a lead despite missing seven of nine shots in one stretch.
Out of the timeout, though, Iowa made its first real push to get back into the game. Big Ten leading scorer Peter Jok drained a triple from the right wing over the outstretched arm of Thomas Bryant. On the other end of the floor, Newkirk turned the ball over, leading to a fastbreak layup for the Hawkeyes. One possession later, Nicholas Baer hit a triple and suddenly the game was tied at 26, after a 12-0 UI run.
Once Iowa tied the game, though, Indiana responded with a run of its own. Bryant made a huge play, scoring down low through a foul and hitting the free throw for an old-fashioned 3-point play to give Indiana the lead again. Less than a minute later, Johnson drove to the basket and scored with his left hand to make it a 7-0 Indiana run and put the Hoosiers in front 33-26 with 3:33 to go in the half.
Iowa answered down the stretch in the half and, after Jok made a pair of free throws in the closing seconds, the Hawkeyes trailed by just one, 33-32, as the teams went into the locker room at halftime. Jok led all scorers with 12 points in the half while Johnson and Newkirk had nine points each to pace Indiana. Of the 20 non-Jok points the Hawkeyes scored in the half, 17 of them came off the bench.
The second half opened sloppily. Iowa turned the ball over four times in the first three minutes while the teams combined to commit eight fouls during the same stretch. Through all the stoppages, though, Indiana continued to lead. After Blackmon Jr. drained a 3 from the left wing--a play on which he seemed to carry the ball just before he shot--Indiana was in front 40-33 and the Iowa City crowd rained boos upon the officials.
The teams traded baskets over the next several minutes and Indiana led 47-42 at the 11:45 mark. The pace of the game had slowed to a crawl, though. With almost 12 minutes still to go, both teams were already in the bonus, with Iowa already in the double bonus. A whopping 19 fouls were called in the first nine minutes of the half.
With 8:58 left, Baer provided one of the highlights of the game. At that point, Jok launched a deep 3-pointer that missed short. 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. The former walk-on went sprawling on the floor before getting up and pumping his fist at the Iowa bench as the crowd roared. He missed the free throw, but the play brought his team back within one at 51-50.
Indiana held the lead until the 6:44 mark. Then Jordan Bohannon rattled home a triple to even the score at 55, his first points of the game. The tie didn't last long, though. On the next two possessions for Indiana, first Johnson and then Blackmon Jr. drained 3s of their own to jump IU back in front by six as the game entered its final minutes.
Iowa wouldn't go away, however, and responded once again. With 2:46 to play, Iowa's Tyler Cook beat the entire Indiana team down the floor and grabbed a lob from Christian Williams for a huge dunk to even the score at 70. After an Indiana free throw, Cook threw down another thunderous dunk, this time through a foul from Bryant, and Iowa led for the first time. Cook made the free throw, as well, to put the Hawkeyes in front 73-71. The second dunk was UI's fifth straight made basket over a 1:54 stretch.
Iowa still led by two and held the ball with 30 seconds to play. As he had all game, though, Johnson stepped up for IU. The junior guard knocked the ball away from Bohannon and it ended up in the hands of Newkirk in transition. Jok was forced to foul Newkirk on a layup attempt to prevent a basket, but the point guard made both free throws to even the score at 75 and give the Hawkeyes one final possession with 20 seconds left.
On that final play, the ball went to Cook in the post. He went up and tried to score over Bryant, but the sophomore big man held his ground on defense and the shot was short, sending the game to overtime.
In the extra session, the teams seesawed early before Jok took over for the Hawkeyes. The senior scored 11 straight Hawkeye points to open the overtime, staking his team to a 86-81 lead with two minutes left. The Hoosier defense seemed powerless to keep Jok off the foul line. Indiana's offense didn't help, either, as it turned the ball over three times in those first three minutes.
With just under a minute to play, Cook picked up a loose ball under the basket and dunked it home. The play completed a 8-0 Iowa run that was the turning point in the game. Iowa escaped with a win at home, while Indiana went down to a fifth straight loss.
Player of the Game-Peter Jok
Jok was simply the best scorer on the floor all night. He shot just 6-for-12 from the field and 1-for-6 from beyond the arc, but willed himself to the line repeatedly and went 22-for-23 on his shots from the charity stripe, a school record for made free throws. He also grabbed five rebounds. It was the fifth 30-point performance of the season for the senior, who came in averaging 20.4 points per game.
The Hoosiers are 1-7 in true road games this season...With his 18 points Blackmon Jr. moved up two spots on the all-time IU scoring list to 38th, surpassing Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey...The teams shot 66 free throws combined and totaled 39 turnovers (22 from Indiana)...It was the largest comeback (13) for Iowa in a win this year...Bryant finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, his seventh double-double of the season...Indiana came in ranked eighth in the nation in average rebounding margin at plus-8.1 and outrebounded the Hawkeyes 39-34...UI entered the game eighth in the country in assists per game at 17.7 and racked up 16 helpers against the Hoosiers...Indiana went 10-for-29 (34 percent) from beyond the arc, the 10th time this season the Hoosiers have made double-digit triples in a game and the first time since Jan. 21 against Michigan State; after starting 4-for-8, though, Indiana made just 6-of-21 the rest of the way
The Hoosiers are back in action Saturday night at Assembly Hall to face Northwestern (20-7, 9-5). The game will tip off at 8 p.m. EST and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. The Wildcats have lost two of three, including a loss tonight to Illinois, since their huge road win over Wisconsin on Feb. 12. The Hoosiers fell to NU in Evanston on Jan. 29.