Slow starts had been an issue in the past for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
I thought they had kicked those old habits, but tonight, they fell back into them. Indiana jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead about 2 minutes into the game. That forced Iowa head coach, Fran McCaffery to call a timeout. He yanked all five of his starters, but for a good stretch after that he was not seeing a ton of results.
With just over five minutes gone, the Hoosiers had built a 13 point lead and it looked like the Hawkeyes from 3 weeks ago. However, over the next 10 minutes that 13 point Indiana lead vanished and with just over five minutes left in the first half the Hawkeyes had it tied at 26. Indiana built another small lead just before halftime, but Iowa managed to comeback and erase that one as well. That sent us into the locker room with a score of 33-32 with the Hoosiers leading.
Iowa turned the ball over a lot, didn't start playing defense until about the 10 minute mark, and didn't seem to have any type of flow on the offensive end and while it did get better, the Hawkeyes were fortunate to be down by just 1.
The second half started and Indiana again built a small lead behind good guard play. The Hawkeyes went about four minutes without scoring to open up the half and turned it over 4 times in that span.
Indiana allowed the Hawkeyes back into it around the nine minute mark when Nicholas Baer threw home a monster put-back dunk that brought the Carver faithful to their feet.
Indiana soon quieted the crowd with a little 4-0 run to push their lead back out to five. Iowa came storming back a few possessions later to tie the score up at 55 apiece with under 7 minutes left.
The Hoosier lead got back out to 8 with under five minutes left in the game, but with 2:46 left on the clock Iowa had it tied at 70 after a huge Tyler Cook dunk. That was a 12-4 run over about 2 minutes of play.
The Hawkeyes then built a two point lead with just under two minutes left and after getting a stop, they had the ball and a chance to extend the lead out to two possessions.
Jordan Bohannon played with it up top for too long and wound up turning the ball over. Indiana's Josh Newkirk went the other way, but missed the easy layup to tie the game. Lucky for him, he was fouled by Peter Jok.
Newkirk hit both freebies and Iowa failed to convert on their last possession which sent the game to overtime tied at 75.
Indiana got the scoring started early, but it was the Hawkeyes who were able to wear out the Hoosiers on Tuesday night. The Hawkeyes went on a 10-3 run over about 3 minutes or so to build a 7 point lead with under a minute left to seemingly ice the game away.
Peter Jok scored 15 of his game high 35 points in the overtime to carry the Hawkeyes to a 96-90 victory inside Carver Hawkeye Arena.
Tyler Cook, Christian Williams, and Nicholas Baer all accompanied Jok in double figures and two other Hawkeyes were able to total 9 points. The Hawkeyes used 39-of-47 from the free throw line to guide them to a victory tonight.
Next up the Hawkeyes travel to Maryland to take on the Terrapins. That game is set for 6:00 p.m. CT on Saturday evening.