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Iowa Basektball: Hawkeyes Struggle in Second Half, Fall to Michigan State

Recapping Iowa's loss to Michigan State in East Lansing.

Iowa was looking to bounce back after losing to Minnesota on Wednesday.

They took the court in East Lansing as losers of 18 of the last 19 on that court. Iowa played really well to start as they took a 4-0 lead out of the gate. The Spartans bounced right back behind Miles Bridges as they went on a 9-0 run. 

The Hawkeyes were struggling from the field, but the Spartans were turning it over at an abnormal pace. So, the teams remained fairly balanced. They played each other very close, but the Hawkeyes were the ones who took the lead into the half by a score of 32-31. The Spartan turnovers were really keeping Iowa in the basketball game at the break.

The second half started and it was all Michigan State. The Hawkeyes got out to a good start, but the Spartans took control after that and were in control until the end. They were getting what they wanted in the paint and were making their three pointers as well. Iowa was in trouble. There was a stretch where Cassius Winston hit a few three point baskets on back-to-back possessions that really hurt Iowa. 

The Hawkeyes looked in over their heads against a team coming off a big loss to their in-state rivals, the Michigan Wolverines. Iowa was coming off an emotional loss to Minnesota, but in the second half they could not muster anything to match the Spartans as Michigan State ran away with it. The Spartans shot 55% from the field in the second half, while Iowa shot just 30%. 

Iowa spent a lot of time in the first half without Jordan Bohannon due to foul trouble and they never really recovered, neither did he. Christian Williams did a great job subbing in for him, but Jordan's absence was felt in the first half and beyond. 

As the game dwindled down the Spartans continued to build their lead and the Hawkeyes were staring their second straight road loss right in the face, which is something they've grown accustomed to this season. They have won just one Big Ten road game this season. 

Michigan State was able to hold on as Iowa played on of the worst games I've seen them play the entire year. The Spartans won by a final of 77-66 as they stretched their record to 7-5 in the Big Ten.

Iowa fell to 6-7 in the conference after staring 6-5 in the face a week ago.

Overall, Iowa really struggled. Jordan Bohannon was the driver of the struggle bus, he ended 0-8 from the field and 0-6 from behind the arc. 

Tyler Cook and Peter Jok led the way with 13 points apiece, but Jok struggled from the field making just 2-of-11 shots and zero three pointers. Cordell Pemsl finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds. 

Iowa now takes the week off, which comes at a good time, before they welcome in the Illinois Fighting Illini on February 18th. Iowa lost to the Illini last month in Champaign, IL. 

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