You guys were struggling offensively. What turned it around?
We just threw the ball inside, got open looks and made a lot of easy plays.
What was wrong in the first half?
We relied too much on jump shots. We turned the ball over a lot. I don‘t think we were really focused on the game. In the second half, we had a spark and really played it the way that we‘re supposed to be playing.
Did you think that your size and strength could be a factor in this game?
It was. In the second half, coach said to throw the ball inside. I was able to get open looks and was able to finish.
You blew a 16-point lead last game. Tonight, you came back from a 14-point deficit. What does that tell you about this team?
We‘re just trying to resilient. Be tough. That‘s all we‘ve been talking about. It‘s not scoring or defense. It‘s just about being tough and just gutting it out. That‘s what we did tonight.
Were you ever worried that this game had slipped away?
There was plenty of time in the game. You never say never until the final buzzer sounds. We were down (14) with like 11 minutes left. That‘s plenty of time to get back in the game. We know that we can get any shot that we want. Cyrus had tons of mismatches down low. The dribble drive was there all night and they kept fouling us. There were tons of opportunities. We had to just do it.
Can you talk about the spark Bohall gave you off of the bench?
He came in and played tremendous. They probably didn‘t even think he was going to come in and play. He‘s more of a wildcard. He came in and helped us a lot. He hit some big shots. He played great defense. He was a real big boost. He was probably the key to tonight‘s game.\i>
Did you have a feeling that you‘d get a chance to do something tonight with Jeff out?
I was hoping. I was hoping because I made a mistake in the past and I wanted to come back and have a chance, an opportunity just to help this team out. I‘ve been doing that in practice, trying to work hard and help them out, but it‘s a little different when the lights are on and people are in there.
How difficult has it been to sit and wait for this chance?
It‘s been difficult, but also, I realized that I made a mistake. So, I deserved it. My job has been to just work hard every day in practice. I‘ve accepted that role. I made a mistake. I can't change it. I just have to deal with the consequences. It felt good tonight just to be able to get out there and help the team.
Statistically Speaking: Cyrus Tate scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, both game highs. He shot 7 of 9 from the floor. Tony Freeman scored 14 courtesy of 4 of 8 shooting from beyond the arc. He collected four rebounds, but did commit five turnovers.
Justin Johnson, Iowa's second leading scorer this season, missed all seven of his field goal attempts and went scoreless for the first time this season. The senior did contribute nine rebounds and six assists.
After shooting 4 of 19 from the floor in the first half, the Hawkeyes made 13 of 24 after the intermission, including 4 of 11 on treys.
The scored changed hand six times and was tied on four occasions.
The visitors held a 33-30 advantage on the boards.
Iowa committed eight turnovers in the first half but only had two after halftime.
Minute-By-Minute: Tate (32), Gorney (18), Freeman (40), Johnson (40-), Kelly (-40), Palmer (3), Angle (5), Bohall (13), Looby (9).
-During the first media timeout, Carl Jackson was recognized over the PA. He was given a standing ovation.
-Iowa scored its first field goal at the 11:14 mark of the first half. That made it 5-3 Northwestern.
-Dan Bohal played for the first time since Jan. 30 at Purdue. He'd played 23 minutes in Big Ten play this year.
-Northwestern dropped to 7-17 on the year and 0-13 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats last win came on Dec. 20 against Howard.
-Iowa improved to 12-15 overall and 5-9 in conference. The Hawkeyes ended a three-game losing streak.