Drake played like a pesky Bulldog that has become attached to your leg. However, the tired Iowa basketball team was finally able to escape from the clutches of the carnivorous canine as time expired. Drake was unable to score after getting the ball with 10 seconds left in the game. Lonnie Randolph missed a 15-footer from the left baseline at the buzzer.
The game ended on a fitting note as the last 9 minutes of the game was an offensive disaster, as both teams resembled the gang that couldn't shoot straight. Iowa's last basket came on a three pointer from the corner by Brody Boyd with 8 ½ minutes to play. After that Iowa only had one sole free throw by Boyd before Jared Reiner banged in two from the charity stripe when there was under a minute left in the game. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs only made two field goals during this time.
The Hawks played hard but they were obviously very tired long before the final buzzer. Only seven players got in the game for Iowa.
Freshman Greg Brunner played a marvelous game for Iowa but was somehow absent for the last 4 minutes of the game. Brunner had 12 points and was a wizard with the Windex on the offensive glass. Chauncey Leslie led Iowa with 20 points. Luke McDonald scored 19 for Drake but was blanked after making a lay-up with 13 minutes left to play to tie the game at 38. Leslie 'dogged' McDonald so close in the second half that he could have been his shadow.
Jared Reiner turned in another ironman performance in the pivot, playing 36 minutes. Reiner led all players with ten rebounds. Bill Self could be correct that this could be Reiner's breakout season.
The positives to take away from this game for Iowa are good teamwork and a good defensive effort. Offensively, it was not a pretty night. Greg Brunner displayed the raw ability that excited the recruiting experts in proclaiming him one of the top 50 incoming freshmen last summer. Jeff Horner ran a quality floor game and promises to be one of the better floor generals that the Hawks have had. Next year three more super sophomores in Nick Dewitz, Erek Hansen and Pierre Pierce will join Brunner and Horner. But for now, we can only watch the development of this out manned group that must play more minutes per man than any other team in the Big Ten. Although you may wonder when some of them will hit the wall, enjoy these victories now before conference play begins.