Hawks Drop PSU 64-49

The Iowa Hawkeyes were once again careless with the basketball, but this time the opponent didn't have the horses to make them pay as Iowa beat Penn State 64-49 on Saturday evening in Iowa City. Jeff Peterson led the way with 19 points off the bench and Cyrus Tate pulled down 13 rebounds...

The Iowa Hawkeyes were once again careless with the basketball, but this time the opponent didn't have the horses to make them pay as Iowa beat Penn State 64-49 on Saturday evening in Iowa City.

Iowa committed 18 turnovers against the Nittany Lions after committing 20 against Indiana on Wednesday. The difference in this game is that PSU was only able to score 16 points off of Iowa giveaways whereas Indiana scored 31. Iowa scored 18 points off of 12 PSU turnovers.

Iowa dominated the backboards against a much smaller and undermanned Penn State team 34-22. PSU was playing without forward Geary Claxton who tore his ACL earlier this month and is lost for the season.

Cyrus Tate had 13 of those rebounds for Iowa, in addition to scoring seven points.

Jeff Peterson was perfect in the shooting department for the game; two of two from three and four of four from the floor overall to go with a nine of nine performance at the line; he led Iowa with 19 points and five assists. Tony Freeman matched Peterson's assist total and scored five points. Jake Kelly, Justin Johnson and Seth Gorney scored 11 points each; Gorney also tallied eight rebounds.

As a team, Iowa made 19 of 22 free throws, with Tate being responsible for all three misses from the charity stripe. The Hawkeyes were 18 of 38 from the floor for the game while Penn State was 20 of 51. It marks yet another game where Iowa's opponent has had a double digit advantage in field goal attempts.

With the win, Iowa improves to 10-11 on the season and 3-5 in Big Ten play. As of this writing, Iowa is in sixth place in the conference in the win column; Minnesota and Penn State have two wins, Illinois and Michigan have one while Northwestern has yet to break into the win column.

Iowa's next game comes Wednesday night against a surging Purdue Boilermakers team that beat ranked Wisconsin on Saturday.


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