For the first time in almost two years, Iowa won a Big Ten road game. The Hawkeyes, second in the league in three-pointers made per outing, got the job done with defense and rebounding.
Jarryd Cole contributed a double-double as Iowa dumped Indiana, 58-43, Sunday in Bloomington. The Hawkeyes last road win in the conference came in March of 2008 at Northwestern. Their last road victory, period, came on Nov. 20 of '08 at the Citidel.
Cole, a junior captain, scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, eight of which came on the offensive glass. The Hawkeyes out-rebounded the home team, 39-23, including a stunning 18-9 on the offensive end.
Indiana shot 16 of 45 (35.6 percent) from the floor and misfired on all nine of its three points attempts. Iowa outscored the Hoosiers, 34-16, on points in the paint and, 20-7, on second-chance points.
"We just knew we had to be aggressive," Cole said on the postgame radio show. "We knew that if we ran our stuff that it was going to be hard for them to guard us. If you want easy baskets, you have to get to the paint and that's what we did.
"On offense and defense, we kept them off the glass and we were on the glass. We kept them out of the paint and we were in the paint. It's a pretty simple concept. We executed it tonight."
The Hoosiers (9-10, 3-4) were riding a two-game win streak with wins against Northwestern and Penn State, the latter of which came on the road on Wednesday.
"The bottom line, before you start writing that (the Hoosiers) were over confident and overlooking Iowa, you know, they were full of themselves, none of that happened," Indiana Coach Tom Crean said on the Hawkeye Radio Network. "We had good days of preparation. This all came down to our lack of willingness to be in a fight.
"Our job on the backboards was absolutely atrocious. We play hard. They played a lot harder, and that's the bottom line."
Cougill sparked the decisive spurt for the winners.
Indiana overcame a 12-point, halftime deficit to cut the Hawkeye lead to 33-31 with 13 minutes, 31 seconds to play in the game. After Fuller made 1 of 2 free throws, Cougill hit three-pointers on two consecutive possessions, which were sandwiched around a charge he took.
Cougill's second trey gave Iowa a 40-31 lead with 11:53 on the clock. Three-pointers by Matt Gatens and Eric May complemented a pair lay-ins by Fuller as 17-3 run gave the Hawkeyes a 50-34 lead with under five minutes to play in the game.
"Fearless is definitely a word for that," Cole said of Cougill's play. "He shoots the ball really well. That's no surprise. But for a freshman to come in and make those two huge shots right there in the middle of the second half, that was really big for us. I think it propelled us to keep going forward."
Indiana never recovered from that Iowa flurry. The Hoosiers were held to three points during an eight-minute stretch in the second half.
Indiana's 43 points were the fewest scored against the Hawkeyes this season.
"I like defending," Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter said during his postgame radio interview. "It shows strength. That's how you win on the road. Our guys just went out there and defended.
"And then, we got contributions from every guy who played."
Iowa returns to action on Wednesday when it plays host to Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Students are admitted for free as the school honors the Orange Bowl Champion football team at halftime.
"Michigan State (Wednesday) and Indiana, we've been in two terrific environments," Lickliter said. "I hope that we can do something to encourage that and get excited. I sure hope that we can welcome Ohio State the way that we've been welcomed on the road."