Quotes & Notes: Minnesota

The Iowa men's basketball team put up another good fight on Saturday but was done in by 21 turnovers in a 63-50 setback in Minnesota. Seth Gorney scored nine points and grabbed rebounds and Iowa shot 47.7 percent from the field. Read what Tony Freeman said after the game and also catch up on the action in the game notes in this package.

MINNEAPOLIS _ Iowa dropped a 63-50 decision to Minnesota on Saturday at Williams Arena. The Hawkeyes committed 21 turnovers and scored just eight points in the final 11 plus minutes of the game.

Justin Johnson paced the Hawkeyes with 15 points, but the senior committed five turnovers. Seth Gorney contributed nine points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.

Iowa fell to 11-14 overall and 4-8 in the Big Ten.


Tony Freeman

Can you put a finger on the turnover problems?

Um, I don‘t know. No one tries to turn the ball over. It‘s more mental than physical. It‘s knowing when you‘ve got to get a score or run a play; just knowing that we‘ve just got to take care of the ball and not turn the ball over. I don't know. It‘s pretty simple. It‘s more mental, though, than physical.

You guys kind of battled your way back into this thing after falling behind early, too a one-point lead and then things turned. What turned at that point?

I don‘t know. I guess you can say that‘s all that we had in the tank. After that one-point lead, they kind of took control from there. I don't know. I‘m kind of at a loss for words.

You seem as down today as you have been. Does this one hurt more than others?

Yeah it does because we have to win. We‘re 4-8 (in the Big Ten) now. It‘s not getting any sooner. We only have six games left. Every game is a must win. We were supposed to win on (Wednesday) and we‘re supposed to win today. We don‘t win and it‘s just disappointing.

Are you worried that the season is slipping away?

Well, not really, you can‘t say that. It‘s just hard when you know you can win. As a team, we‘re expecting to win and when we don‘t win it‘s just really disappointing. It‘s heartbreaking.


Statistically Speaking: Iowa was outscored 21-6 on points off of turnovers and lost by 13. Minnesota held a 12-2 advantage on the offensive glass and a 31-23 overall in rebounding.

Johnson and Freeman shot a combined 9 of 24 from the floor. Johnson was 3 of 11 on treys.

The Hawkeyes went without a field goal from the 8:35 mark to the 2:14 mark of the second half, a stretch of 6:21.

Minnesota shot 53 times from the floor while Iowa took just 38.

Minute-By-Minute: Tate (31), Gorney (35), Kelly (13), Johnson (36), Freeman (39), Peterson (32), Looby (14).


-The Hawkeye Nation team almost didn't make it to the game. On 35 in southern Minnesota, we hit whiteout situations for about 30 miles. When we got to the game, there was very limited parking. We got inside of Williams with about 12 minutes remaining in the first half. But, hey, we made it.

-David Palmer did not make the trip to Minneapolis due to a coach's decision.

-Iowa took its only lead of the game, 42-41, with 11:16 remaining in the second half. It didn't last long, as the Gophers shot off on a 7-0 run, which was charged by a Nolen steal and fast break lay-up followed by a trey.

-Iowa turned the ball over at least 20 times for the seventh time this season.

-Gorney hit a 3-pointer late in the game. It was his second of the season and his career.

-Iowa lost for the second consecutive time for the first time starting Big Ten season at 0-3. The Hawkeyes also have dropped three of four.

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