Hoosiers Rally Falls Short, 65-60

Indiana's first chance at a Big Ten victory came and went Saturday afternoon in Iowa City. Iowa's Cyrus Tate scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and Jeff Peterson added 16 more plus a couple of key late free throws to lead the Hawkeyes to a hard-fought 65-60 win over the Hoosiers at Carver-Hawkeye Arena...

Indiana's first chance at a Big Ten victory came and went Saturday afternoon in Iowa City.

Iowa's Cyrus Tate scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and Jeff Peterson added 16 more plus a couple of key late free throws to lead the Hawkeyes to a hard-fought 65-60 win over the Hoosiers at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The win didn't come easily for Iowa, which improved to 12-4 on the season and 1-1 in Big Ten play. Indiana (5-8/0-1) battled back from a 10-point deficit in the final four minutes to close within two after a pair of Matt Roth free throws with :22.4 remaining, but IU couldn't spring the upset in Iowa City.

After Roth's free throws, Peterson pushed the lead back to four with two free throws with 15 seconds left. The Hoosiers had designs on cutting the margin to one on its next possession, but Iowa's Matt Gatens cut off a Daniel Moore drive to the baseline to force a turnover, and Indiana's chances were dashed.

"They're hurting right now," IU Coach Tom Crean said about his team, which lost its fourth straight. "They felt they could win, they prepared to win, and we had our chances."

While the Hoosiers did drop their Big Ten opener, a lot of things that haven't gone well in recent weeks went right Saturday. Indiana committed a season-low 11 turnovers, including only five in the second half. The Hoosiers also out-rebounded Iowa 30-27 and limited one of the country's best 3-point shooting teams to only five made 3-pointers.

That was good enough to keep the Hoosiers in the game throughout, but it wasn't enough to earn Crean's team an elusive Big Ten road victory.

There are some who think that Big Ten victories will continue to elude IU, both home and away, throughout the course of the next two and a half months. Some have suggested that the Hoosiers have a chance to possibly go winless during the 18-game conference slate. But IU didn't play like a team that was about to go 0-for-the-Big Ten on Saturday, and Crean said he's not going to let that mindset set in on his young team.

"They're disappointed, very disappointed, and I am too," Crean said. "Our fans know there are circles where some are asking if they are going to be able to do this, will they win a game, but we're not in those circles. Nothing will get me down, I won't let it get the team down."

The Hoosiers were led by Nick Williams, who had arguably his best offensive effort of the season while scoring 14 points. Williams made 7-of-11 shots from the field to go along with five rebounds, a marked improvement over his last two games when he scored a combined seven points on 2-of-10 shooting in losses to Northeastern and Lipscomb.

"He's continuing to grow and we'll build on it," Crean said of his freshman guard.

IU also got 12 points and seven rebounds from Devan Dumes, who fouled out with 1:28 remaining and the Hoosiers trailing by four. Tom Pritchard, meanwhile, added 11.

But Iowa – and particularly Tate – proved to be too much. The Hawkeyes' senior center was a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor and 10-of-11 from the free-throw line and landed IU's big men in foul trouble. Kyle Taber fouled out after only 17 minutes of action, while Pritchard finished with four fouls of his own.

INDIANA 60
Roth 1-4 4-4 7, Pritchard 3-7, 5-7 11, Jones 2-7 2-3 6, Williams 7-11 0-1 14, Dumes 2-8 6-6 12, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Story 2-5 0-0 6, Taber 2-2 0-1 4, Finkelmeier 0-0 0-0 0, Lewis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-44 17-22 60.

IOWA 65
Gatens 2-4 1-1 6, Kelly 4-11 0-1 10, Davis 3-7 2-2 9, Peterson 5-12 5-6 16, Tate 6-6 10-11 22, Bawinkel 0-2 0-0 0, Fuller 0-0 0-0 0, Cole 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-43 20-27 65.

3-Pointers: Indiana 5-13 (Story 2-3, Dumes 2-4, Roth 1-4, Jones 0-1, Williams 0-1), Iowa 5-14 (Kelly 2-5, Gates 1-1, Davis 1-3, Peterson 1-3, Bawinkel 0-2). Rebounds: Indiana 30 (Dumes 7), Iowa 27 (Tate 11). Assists: Indiana 9 (Pritchard 2, Jones 2, Williams 2), Iowa 12 (Peterson 5). Turnovers: Indiana 11, Iowa 10. Steals: Indiana 2, Iowa 4. Blocks: Indiana 2, Iowa 4.


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