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Iowa Basketball: Hawkeyes Fall Just Short in 2nd Round of NIT Against TCU

Recapping Iowa's tough loss in the second round of the NIT.

TCU was playing Sunday afternoon's game without one of it's better guards. Jaylen Fisher averaged 10 points and 4 assists during the regular season, but broke his wrist against Fresno State in the first round of the NIT, rendering him out of the game against Iowa.

From the start, it appeared they were not missing him much.

The Horned Frogs were playing aggressive and were knocking down their shots. Both teams were, in fact. 

Both Iowa and TCU traded runs in the first half, but Jamie Dixon did a great job of killing the Iowa runs before they got out of hand inside a sold-out Carver Hawkeye Arena. He called two timeouts after Iowa went on a couple of small runs and they did their job. TCU went on a big run after the first timeout and they were able to maintain a small lead after the second small Iowa run.

The Hawkeyes were scorching hot from the field - shooting 59% from the floor in half number one - but they were turning it over so much that it didn't matter. They turned it over 12 times in the first 20 minutes and that led to 21 points off from TCU. Behind those points, and 51% shooting themselves, they managed to take a 4 point lead into the locker room after the first stanza. 

TCU came out of the break and immediately went on a 5-0 run to push their lead to 9. Iowa was able to cut it back down to six on a Jordan Bohannon 3-pointer. Four minutes into the half, the Horned Frogs had built a double digit lead at 55-44 as their hot shooting continued. But Iowa wasn't going away.

The Hawkeyes were able to answer after Peter Jok hit a three pointer and Jordan Bohannon added a 4-point play. That cut the TCU lead to just 4. They quickly pushed it back out to a 10-point lead just minutes later, proving that they weren't letting Iowa back into it that easy.

Iowa flirted with 5-point deficits on a couple of occasions, but TCU always seemed to have an answer midway through the second half. 

However, with 6:26 left TCU was leading by a score of 77-68. A comfortable lead right? 

Well, Iowa went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 2 with just over four and a half minutes left in the game and we had a ball game again. 

TCU quickly answered with a pair of Valdimir Brodziansky buckets to push the lead back out to 6 with just over 3 minutes left in the contest. The Hawkeyes would answer out of a timeout with a Tyler Cook dunk that got TCU's lead back down to four. After a TCU turnover, a Peter Jok 2-pointer cut the lead back down to 2 with just over 2:12 left in the game.

TCU went down and missed a jump shot which led to a Tyler Cook bucket. He got the hoop and the harm. After the made free throw, Iowa's lead was one with a minute and a half left.

An Iowa missed shot led to a TCU run-out and Iowa's Nicholas Baer was called for a flagrant foul, sending TCU to the line for two shots and then the ball.

Desmond Bane made one of two to tie the game, but Brodziansky secured a two point lead with 25 seconds left for the Horned Frogs on a layup assisted by Bane on the following possession.

Iowa went down, ran a nice set for Tyler Cook, and he executed perfectly tying the game at 84 for Iowa. TCU missed a three pointer at the buzzer and we were headed to overtime.

TCU got a couple of easy buckets in the paint over the first three minutes in the overtime as they took an 88-86 lead under the two minute mark. They got another easy bucket late in the OT to give themselves a four point lead. The Hawkeyes on the other hand were back to turning it over and not playing transition defense. 

They made a quick run late in the OT, but fell just short, losing the game by a final of 94-92.

Jordan Bohannon recorded his third straight double double. He had 25 points and 13 assists in 42 minutes. Peter Jok had 22 points in his final game as a Hawkeye. Tyler Cook and Nicholas Baer were the other Hawkeyes in double figures recording 16 points and 15 points, respectively. 

TCU heads to the quarterfinals to play the winner of Richmond and Oklahoma while Iowa concludes it's season falling just short of 20 wins at 19-15. 


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