Can you talk about how you had to step it up, especially after Jarryd went out with his injury? You had to be the man inside.
I was just playing my role. When someone goes down, you just have to pick them up. I just had to fill in for Jarryd‘s shoes today. I just tried my best to contribute to the team as much as I could.
This is the best you played so far, it‘s it?
Everybody has a rocky start and everything like that. I‘m just trying to get things going. I try to do as much as I can with the opportunities I have. Today was an opportunity to prove to myself that I can do a lot of things and contribute to the team.
What‘s going through your head in that first half during that stretch where you guys couldn‘t score for 12 minutes?
We were playing tentative. I don‘t think we played to the best of our ability. The second half we really changed things and played more aggressive. We did a lot of good things and we managed to win.
How hard is it to stay focused in a game like that? You get two quick fouls in the first three minutes of the first half. You‘re no factor. Then coach needs you and you‘re there to step up.
Just like coach says, play with poise. I tried playing with poise. I knew I had a lot of tough calls, but I just tried to play through it and just contribute to the team.
What about the Big Ten season?
We‘re getting ready for that right now. We‘re just going to take it one day at a time. We‘re just going to get better every day. We‘ll be ready for the Big Ten season and everybody is going to have to contribute.
You‘re threes really sparked the team. You guys were really struggling and you came off the bench and gave everybody a lift.
I knew when I came in I just wanted to bring a spark. We were in a drought there. We were shooting the ball horrible. I felt like if I was open I was just going to do everyday in practice and just let it fly and don‘t think about it. It turned out to be alright.
What type of mindset do you have to have? You‘re not a guy that plays the same amount of minutes every night to be able to go in there and produce something like that.
It‘s always being focused. Your name is going to get called. When it does, you just prove to everybody that you‘re supposed to be out there and you‘re not a liability. And like I said earlier, just bring a little fire. That‘s definitely something that we needed tonight. We just kept chipping away. We knew that we couldn‘t make up all of those points in one possession. We just kept hitting singles. Luckily, we caught up and then we took the lead.
How hard is it as a player to go almost 13 minutes without scoring a point?
I was watching the Purdue game today and they were down 16-0. It an happen to anybody. It‘s not every night you‘re going to be hot. It‘s just being patient and being mature is the biggest thing; not getting down and staying positive. Sometime the shots were going to fall. We knew that.
How big was the victory for you going into the Big Ten season?
Huge. Going into the Big Ten, we know it‘s the grind. Just having some momentum heading into there next week is crucial. We just want to take care of our bodies because this Big Ten season we know how grinding it‘s going to be.
Is this team ready for the Big Ten wars?
Yeah. The upperclassmen on the team, we need to talk to the freshmen a little bit about what to expect. They‘ll pick it up pretty quickly.
What are you expecting from Indiana coming in here?
Excitement and in-your-face defense. We can‘t be afraid and we have to punch when they punch..
We‘re you sore again?
No. I‘m good. I just got done icing it right now. Being sore is to be expected. I‘m fine. I feel a lot better than I did before. This is the best that I‘ve ever felt. So, I‘m just looking forward to our new season coming up. Everything we did before is just erased. We live and we learn from it. But we start tonight and win. It‘s a new season for us. That‘s what we‘re looking forward to.
Was that a set play when you come out of a timeout and hit a three in the left corner?
Yeah, that‘s actually what we drew up. We knew that the guard was hugging me real tight. So, the play was to fake one way, turn around and the big screens him. I just dart to a corner.
How do you survive a 12-minute scoring drought?
Things happen. Things are not going to be perfect. We kept fighting, kept defending. They got buckets and we‘d try to come back down and score. But the main thing tonight is that we defended real tough. We just battled the whole night. We just did a good job of fighting and we came out with the victory.
You had a big steal late in the game. Did you turn around and the ball was right there?
The whole game, I think it was No. 2 or No. 22, he never passed the ball out of the post once. And my guy hadn‘t shot very much the whole game. He turned his back and I was right there to help my teammate.
How big was this win going into Big Ten?
It just gives us confidence, momentum. Every win that we get is confidence. We‘re a young team so we need confidence, especially with a team like Indiana coming in.
What do you guys have to do better with IU coming in?
We definitely have to rebound better. This team got too many second-chance points. They got too many points in the paint. We just have to do a better job of guarding down low. We‘ll be fine.
Bohall dressed in uniform and participated in pregame and halftime warm-ups, but did not see any game action.
Minute-by-Minute: Cole (21), Looby (9), Johnson (35), Peterson (12), Kelly (37), Palmer (4), Angle (23), Freeman (34), Tate (14), Gorney (11).
Cole Injured: Freshman forward Jarryd Cole went down hard after a dunk at the 11:52 mark of the second half. After slamming it home, his foot came down on the ball and he immediately grabbed his knee. Trainer John Streif came out and performed the ACL test and took Cole back to the training room.
Lickliter said after the game that they'd know more on Sunday, but he didn't see optimistic. Signs pointed towards ACL.
Cole said after the game that he heard a pop in his knee.
Cole left the locker room on crutches, but stayed to sign autographs for fans before leaving the arena.
-Iowa placed for players in double figure scoring - Freeman (15), Johnson (10), Angle (10) and Tate (10). Angle's 10 were a career best.
-Freeman paced Iowa in rebounding with seven, but the Hawkeyes were beat on the boards, 37-28.
-Peterson played just 12 minutes in the game and only two after halftime. He never seemed to get in a rhythm, finishing with two turnovers, no assists and no points.
-Freeman also led the team with four assists and just one turnover. Iowa handed out 13 assists as a team with 13 turnovers.
Shuffle: Cole, Looby, Johnson, Peterson and Kelly started the game. But after the group of Freeman, Angle, Cole, Kelly and Johnson sent Iowa on a 12-5 run in the final 4:23 of the first half, it returned to the floor after the intermission.
-Iowa shot its first free throw of the game at the 6:31 mark of the first half when Tony Freeman drove and was fouled. The Hawkeyes did not shoot a foul shot in their previous game against Drake on Dec. 14.
The Hawkeyes ended up shooting 30 free throws, making 18. They did hit their last nine from the stripe.
-Despite being Iowa's best low-post option on offense, Jarryd Cole did not attempt a field goal in the first half.
-J.R. Angle made the most of his five first half minutes, hitting both of his three-point attempts and coming up with a steal that he fed to Freeman for a lay-up.
-Iowa scored the first five points of the game just :46 into the action. The Hawkeyes then went scoreless for the next 12:43. Their next field goal came on a Freeman trey at the 4:23 mark, a span of 14:51.
-SLU Coach Jim Yarbrough picked up a T with 15:53 to go in the second half and was livid on the visitors' bench. He had to be restrained by assistants. It appeared as though he said one of the magic words.
-The paid attendance was announced at 10,806, but the actual was probably closer to eight or nine thousand. That wasn't bad considering the opponent and the students being on break.