Quotes & Notes: Louisiana-Monroe

For only the second time in Hawkeye Challenge history, the host team dropped a game. Iowa fell, 72-67, in overtime to Louisiana-Monroe on Friday. Justin Johnson's career-high 26 points were not enough to save the day. Read what Coach Todd Lickliter and Johnson said after the game and also view game notes in this package.

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Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter

Opening Statement: I think you can probably see that I didn't have answers tonight for some thing. I was kind of surprised by some of the things that we attempted. I was kind of disappointed. I think it's quite obvious that you can't win if you throw the ball away 29 times. There was not even extended defense. So, we threw it away 29 and then we shot from the free throw line, what, 14-26. And they shot 14-29 from the line or it wouldn't even gone to overtime. It's very hard, very, very difficult and something I don't completely enjoy. But I am responsible for it.

Their coach was saying their senior leadership of their guards was big down the stretch. Did you see that?

I thought that we had extended to 16 that they had to make big shots. And they did that. So, my hat goes off to them. They exposed us. They drove it. We over helped and they kicked it out and were wide open. It was a good play to get it there but you still have to make it. They did that. So, yeah, I thought they did a much better job than we did.

A lot of the things you talked about earlier in the week we saw again tonight. How frustrating is that?

It‘s not any more frustrating than some of the other things. For whatever reason, I haven‘t been able to make these things happen. It solely falls on me. It's my fault. And when something is your fault and you're unsuccessful it hurts a great deal. I don't know anything to do but you just have to work more diligently and more intelligently and try to find another way to get your point across and create better habits.

Coach Lickliter left the interview room saying he was sorry.

Justin Johnson

You guys were up by 16 in the second half. What turned it?

Really, defense, too much help and leaving the 3-point man open. They continued to move the ball around and find the open man and made the three. The 3-ball was effective.

They seemed to step up their defensive pressure against you. What were they doing that made it more difficult to get your shot off?

In the second half, they just stuck to me. My team did a pretty good job of trying to get me open but we couldn‘t come up with the win,

Did their shooters just get away from you guys in overtime?

Yeah, they did, too much help as I said earlier. They kicked it to the open man.

You guys had things going well with the 16-point lead. How was the new lineup with the freshmen?

They did a pretty good job. The freshmen did a pretty good job in the first half. We had th intensity going. Just in the second half we kept just leaving them open defensive wise.

You guys had 29 turnovers. What can you do to alleviate that?

It‘s a mental game. We just have to be mind strong and physically strong. As well as the mind game, we have to be strong with the ball. We‘ll work on that more this week.

What was Coach Lickliter‘s message after the game?

He really didn‘t have too many words for us, but he just said keep our heads up. We have to work hard tomorrow. This game is behind us. We can‘t do anything about it. We have to go out and work hard.

Starting Over: Iowa changed its starting lineup for the first time this season. Freshmen Jarryd Cole and Jake Kelly were inserted into the top five in place of Seth Gorney and Dan Bohall. Jeff Peterson, Justin Johnson and Kurt Looby remained starters.

Cyrus Tate came off the bench first for the Hawkeyes, replacing Cole at the 15:48 mark of the opening half. Gorney replaced Looby at 12:58, and Bohall checked in for Kelly wih 12:36 on the clock. Cole came back in for Tate at 11:39.

Teaching Time: After Jake Kelly delivered a beautiful entry pass for a Jarryd Cole layup for Iowa's first basket, he broke down defensively on the other end. Lickliter called a timeout. He spent it discussing the lapse by his freshman.

Tip-Ins

-Former Indiana guard Tom Coverdale served as an assistant for Louisiana-Monroe.

-Peterson picked up his second foul about midway through the first half and sat until after the intermission.

Iowa committed 12 fist-half turnovers and finished the game with a season-high 29.

The Hawkeyes fell to 50-2 in this tournament with the only other loss coming in the first round in 1985, a 66-62 setback to Arkansas State.

-Johnson scored a career-high 26, besting the 21 he netted Nov. 9 against Idaho State. He also grabbed a personal-best 10 rebounds.

-Peterson committed eight turnovers to go with three turnovers.

-Looby shot 4-4 from the floor and finished with nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

-Iowa was outscored 12-0 on fast break points and 24-12 on points off of turnovers.

-Iowa dropped its fourth game in a row and second in a row at Carver.


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