Hawks Drop Second Straight in South Padre

Iowa committed just seven turnovers against Utah State, something that Coach Todd Lickliter has to be pleased with. But that was little consolation as the Hawkeyes lost their second straight game of the year on Saturday, 75-62.

Justin Johnson led the Hawkeyes with 14 points, but that came on 5-16 shooting from the floor, including just 2-11 from beyond the arc. Kurt Looby had 10 points and eight rebounds, and freshman Jarryd Cole added 10 points and six boards.

Iowa trailed 36-27 at intermission and made less than 40 percent of its shots in the first half. Utah Sate out-rebounded Iowa 31-27.

Iowa played its sixth game of the season without junior Tony Freeman, who continues to sit on the sidelines as he recovers from a broken foot. The Hawkeyes will certainly welcome back Freeman's scoring and ball handling abilities, as this weekend continued to show that Iowa is going to have its hands full when teams extend pressure on the ball to half court.

Freshman point guard Jeff Peterson was held to five points, and he continues to play with a sprained thumb on his shooting hand. Freshman guard Jake Kelly added eight points off the bench.

Iowa will return home to host Wake Forest on Monday night as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at 6:05pm. The Demon Deacons are off to a 3-0 start this season.

The Big Ten-ACC Challenge began in 1999, and the ACC has ‘won' each renewal of the challenge.

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