IOWA CITY, Ia. - A couple of areas of concern popped again for the Iowa basketball team here Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The home team rushed shots on offense and missing them created issues in transition defense.
" We seem to continue to have the same struggle over and over," said Iowa coach Fran McCaffery after his team's 75-72 loss against rival Iowa State. " That‘s disconcerting to me. When another team goes on a run, we tend to quick shoot the ball."
Iowa heads into finals week and an eight-day break from game action at 5-5. The Cyclones improved to 8-2.
"It was a crazy game," Iowa State Coach Fred Hoiberg said. "I didn't like the way our first half ended. I really got on our guys, challenged them and they responded."
Iowa State came out of the locker room very aggressively. The Cyclones scored the first eight points coming out of the break to all but erase Iowa's nine-point lead at the intermission.
The teams traded runs throughout the second half, but Iowa State did a better job of finding its scorers, especially in transition. Scott Christopherson hit 7 of 12 shots from behind the arc en route to a game-high 30 points.
"You can't let a kid like Christopherson come in here and get 30," McCaffery said. "I'll take responsibility for that."
Freshman Melsahn Basabe scored 12 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked seven shots for Iowa. Matt Gatens led the home team with 15 points, while Andrew Brommer came off the bench to contribute 12 points and four rebounds.