MSU Overwhelms Hawkeyes

Iowa started strong but couldn't maintain the pace against Michigan State on Wednesday night in East Lansing.

Iowa hung for a half on Wednesday, but in the end, Michigan State overwhelmed the Hawkeyes on Senior Night at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. The Spartans broke open a four-point game at the half en route to a 85-66 win.

Iowa missed all 12 of its 3-point attempts, failing to to record a trey in a game for the first time since 2004, a stretch of 239 contests. The Hawkeyes weren't much better at the line, going 20-33 from the stripe. They shot 35.7 percent from the floor after halftime and were outscored 49-34 in the final 20 minutes.

Michigan State, meanwhile, shot 54.5 percent for the game and received 42 points from reserves.

"We had great looks at it, great shooters, good looks," Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said during his post-game radio interview. "We got the ball to the rim. We got the ball to the rim in transition. We got open 3-point looks. (Melsahn) Basabe is 6 for 9. If we could stretch the defense a little more with threes…it just didn't happen tonight."

Basabe finished with 13 points and five rebounds before fouling out. Jarryd Cole hit 4 of 7 shots from the field and finished with 10 points and six rebounds. Bryce Cartwright checked in with 11 points and six assists.

The Hawkeyes (10-19 overall, 3-14 Big Ten) wrap up the regular season by playing host to Purdue Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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