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Iowa Basketball: Hawkeyes Suffer Another Tough Loss to Gophers

Recapping Iowa's trip north to take on Minnesota.

The Iowa basketball team was riding a three game winning streak heading into a road matchup with the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Gophers were fresh off a win over Illinois, but had lost 6-of-7 games coming into this one. 

The Gophers started hot and it looked like the same slow-start Hawkeyes we've seen in past road games. Senior guard, Akeem Springs, hit two early three pointers to give the Gophers an early 8-2 lead just over three minutes into the game. 

The Hawkeyes did a good job weathering the storm and at the under-12 media timeout we had a tie game at 13. Isaiah Moss, who has struggled recently, had 7 early points to pace the Hawkeyes. 

The basketball got fairly ugly between the under-12 timeout and the under-8 timeout as the teams were turning it over and missing wide open shots. Peter Jok got his first bucket with 6:46 remaining in the first half, but that was all he'd get for the half. 

The Hawkeyes found themselves up 2 with around 6 minutes remaining in the half, but the Gophers went on a quick 6-0 run to push their lead to 4 with 4:03 left in the half. 

Minnesota then put the foot on the gas and with 3:34 the Hawkeyes were forced to call a timeout to kill an 11-0 Minnesota run over 2:22. The Gophers were capitalizing on Iowa turnovers and Springs was 4-6 from three.

After the Iowa timeout, buckets by Brady Ellingson and Jordan Bohannon shrunk the Gopher lead to 4, which forced Richard Pitino to take a timeout. That turned out to be beneficial for his team. They closed the half on a 7-0 run over about a minute to take an 11 point lead into the locker room. 

The Hawkeyes turned it over out of the gate in the second half, but looked to get Tyler Cook involved early as he had five quick points over the first 4 minutes or so. Iowa didn't get much in the paint in the first half due to Reggie Lynch and Jordan Murphy and their shot blocking abilities, so establishing something in the paint was necessary. 

The Gophers were extremely aggressive out of the locker room on the glass, but just didn't get much to fall over the first few minutes or so. The Gopher lead was out to 14 at one point, but Iowa went on a 6-0 run over the course of a few minutes to force a Gopher timeout.

With just over 10 minutes left in the game, the Hawkeyes had rallied all the way back going on a 11-0 run over about a minute and a half to tie the game. Peter Jok had caught fire for the Hawkeyes after scoring just 2 first half points and at the under four timeout the Hawkeyes had a 69-67 lead. 

The trio of Jok, Ellingson, and Bohannon were playing lights out for Iowa during the middle of the second half.

Iowa and Minnesota battled back and forth towards the end of regulation trading the lead back and forth several times. A Nicholas Baer layup with 45 seconds left gave Iowa a two point lead and all they needed was a stop. The Hawkeyes got that stop. 

Brady Ellingson subsequently got tied up by a Minnesota defender, who was not only out of bounds, but timeout calls were apparently not heard by the officials and the ball went back to the Gophers after they ruled a jump ball. 

Nate Mason drove in with 8 seconds left in the game and got a layup to go to tie the game at 77. Bohannon got a pretty poor look at the rim to end the game and we were headed to overtime. 

The Gophers started the extra 5 minutes on a 5-0 run, but the Hawkeyes never wavered. They battled back and with 1:35 let in the game Bohannon tied it at 84. The teams missed the shots that followed and we were headed to the second overtime in Minneapolis. 

Minnesota built a small lead in the second OT and with under two minutes left they held a 7 point advantage, which would pretty much ice it for them. They were attacking the basket, while Iowa was chucking up three pointers. The Hawkeyes also turned it over in a few crucial spots in the second OT. 

The Gophers escaped at home by a final of 101-89.

Peter Jok led all scorers with 28 points, 26 of which came in the second half and the overtimes. Isaiah Moss accompanied him with 19 points, while Jordan Bohannon added 12 points and 8 assists.

Iowa loses a tough one tonight, but will have a chance to bounce back on Saturday when they travel to Michigan State to face the Spartans. That game tips off at 5 p.m. CT in East Lansing. 

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