Quotes & Notes: Indiana

Iowa put forth a tremendous effort Wednesday, but fell short against 12th-ranked Indiana, 79-76. Justin Johnson netted a career-high 29 points for Iowa. Read what the senior had to say after the game, plus comments from Seth Gorney and Kurt Looby, along with notes from the game in this Quotes and Notes package.

QUOTES

Justin Johnson

How big did the hoop seem down the stretch?

It seemed big, but we came up with the loss. So, that‘s all I was focused on. We didn‘t come up with the win. So, I don‘t think the threes really even matter.

What about the ricochet?

Oh, the bank shot? Hey, I looked at the goal and threw up a prayer.

How much did you want to get that ball with 3.3 seconds left?

I knew they were going to be on me. We tried to get it to me, but three guys were on me. I really couldn‘t do much about it.

Did you guys prove something to yourselves tonight?

I mean, yeah, but we know we have to get better. We feel like if we can play like every night, but we need to come up with the victory. We need to play harder on offense and defense from the start.

Coach Sampson said that you shoot better, almost, when you‘re contested. Do you feel that way and why is that?

I don‘t feel that way. I feel like I can shoot when I‘m open and when someone is in my face. I just think I need to make better decisions on my shot as coach said.

Seth Gorney

Can you talk about the effort of the team in that one?

It was amazing. I don‘t think we could have done much better. Everyone seemed to be clicking tonight. Our team played great. We needed to not let it come to that situation. But given that opportunity, we took advantage of it.

Did you feel you needed to step up with Jarryd out? You guys played pretty well inside.

Yeah, everybody needs to. Jake, he‘s questionable and everything. It‘s just going to bring out team closer. We‘ll find out how we do Saturday.

How tough was it with just the seven-man rotation?

I think people were getting tired. I saw some of the stats and everybody is playing a bunch of minutes. It gives you an opportunity to play with one another and see how we gel. We showed it tonight.

How do you characterize this group?

It‘s tough. We‘re young. We‘re not as experienced as some of these teams. But we‘ll fight to the end. We showed that tonight.

What did you think of the way that Justin shot it tonight?

(Laughs) How can you describe that? It‘s amazing. I had someone come up to me and say he needs to shoot it from 40 with someone in his face all of the time. He‘s a real good shot.

Does this give you guys some confidence going to Wisconsin?

Oh, a bunch of confidence. We can play with teams like this. It just gives us a great opportunity to prove ourselves.

Kurt Looby

What did you think about the effort of the team tonight?

Everybody went out there and played hard. We just made some mistakes. They‘re ranked 12th in the nation and we kept up with them. Coach said to just keep our heads up.

Does it help you going through the rest of the Big Ten schedule?\

Playing with these guys gives the guys more confidence. We‘re up there with all the best teams right now. Coach said he believes in us. We just need to believe in ourselves.

How would you describe Justin‘s shooting down the stretch?

That‘s Justin. We all know he‘s a good shooter. But man, it surprised me, too. I knew he could shoot, but I didn‘t know he could shoot that way. We‘re going to need that in the Big Ten.

NOTES

Kelly Injured: Iowa freshman Jake Kelly left the floor with about five minutes gone in the first half. He fell awkwardly on his ankle and limped heavily as he walked off the court.

Lickliter said Kelly's ankle was "severely sprained." Jake's mother said it was pretty bad. Jake left the arena on crutches with a boot on his right leg.

Flash Gordon: Fabulous Freshman Eric Gordon made his first - and likely. Only - appearance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday. The first-year Hoosier star out of Indianapolis came into the night averaging a Big Ten best 23.4 PPG.

Gordon, whose father played high school ball for Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter's dad, notched 25 points against the Hawkeyes. It was likely his lone game in Iowa City as he's a probably lottery pick in this summer's NBA Draft.

Shake It Up: Iowa shuffled the starting by inserting Gorney for Looby and Freeman for Peterson. Tate opened in place of the injured Cole, but was quickly removed and replaced by Angle at the 18:47 mark of the opening half. Lickliter was upset with Tate for not hustling back on defense and allowing White to put back an offensive board.

Tate only sat for about a minute and a half before coming back in for Angle. Tate pulled down a rebound on Indiana's next possession.

Minute by Minute: Tate (20), Gorney (30), Freeman (39), Johnson (37), Kelly (5), Angle (25), Peterson (33), Looby (10), Palmer (1).

Bohall Still Waits: Dan Bohall sat out his fifth game in a row as part of a disciplinary suspension. Bohall was arrested for public intoxication on Dec. 2.

Bohall, who started seven games this season, dressed for a second game in a row but was not inserted in the rotation.

Statistically Speaking: Justin Johnson netted a career-high in scoring with 29 on Wednesday. The senior connected on 10 of 15 field goal attempts, including 8 of 13 from beyond the arc. His last trey came from about 35 feet and banked home. It gave Iowa a slim chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but the comeback fell short.

Johnson's eight treys represented a career best. He canned seven twice this season (Idaho State, Eastern Illinois).

Iowa assisted on 21 of its 25 baskets and turned the ball over just 13 times, with only three of those coming in the second half.

Indiana shot 26-53 (49.1 percent) from the floor and converted 23 of 32 foul shots. Iowa shot just 15 of 25 from the line.

Gorney pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds, while the Hoosiers' White snatched 15 to go with 16 points.

The score was tied four times and the lead changed hands 10 times.

Tip-Ins:

-Freeman scored Iowa's first eight points and 10 of the first 12. He scored only two the rest of the way, which covered 34:23 of game clock. He played 39 minutes. Freeman shot just 3 of 14 from the floor, but did hand out a game high nine assists.

-Looby delivered a pair of thunderous dunks in the opening half that brought the crowd to its feet.


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