Indiana Falls Short at Iowa in Big Ten Road Opener
Jan. 3, 2009
IOWA CITY, IOWA - Freshman Nick Williams and junior Devan Dumes led a late game charge, but in the end host Iowa came away with a 65-60 win in the Big Ten opener for the Hoosiers. Williams scored a team-hgih 14 points and Dumes had nine of his 12 points in the final 20 minutes, including a six-for-six effort from the free throw line.
"I was pleased with our player's resiliency because we never got down, mentally, at all whether they were up ten or 13 at the 16 minute mark of the second half," said Indiana Coach Tom Crean. "Our guys continued to battle and we knew we were going to have to because the way Iowa shoots and spaces the floor and the way Cyrus Tate is capable of playing, which he showed today how good he is, we were going to have to play that way."
The Hawkeyes entered the game second in the nation in three-point field goals made per game and had made 14 on Wednesday at Ohio State. The Hoosiers held Iowa to a five for 14 effort from long distance, including one for six in the second half from beyond the arc, but inside Tate led the Hawkeyes with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Iowa had led by as many as 13 at 47-34 with 14:44 left in the game and had a 12-point advantage at 56-44 with 8:28 to go. Trailing by 10 with just over four minutes left, IU made one last run.
Williams made a layup with 3:50 to go and after a defensive stop he hit a 15 footer to cut the lead to 60-54 with 3:13 to go. After another stop, the Hoosiers got an offensive rebound and found freshman Tom Pritchard inside to cut the lead to 60-56 with 1:57 left.
Following two free throws by the Hawkeyes Jeff Peterson, Williams would hit another shot to make it 62-58 with 59 ticks to go. The Hoosiers would cut it to 62-60 after a steal by freshman Verdell Jones III who fed freshman Matt Roth who hit a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left.
Peterson would then make two free throws to seal the victory.
The Hoosiers held a 12-10 lead on a layup by senior Kyle Taber with 11:39 left. Iowa would lead 29-19 with 3:29 left in the first half before IU would go on an 8-1 run thanks to a layup by Williams, two buckets by Jones III and two charity tosses to make it 30-27 with 23 seconds left in the half. Peterson would drill a three for Iowa just before halftime to make it 33-27 at intermission.
Indiana started four freshman (Williams, Pritchard, Roth, Jones III) in a Big Ten opener for the first time in school history and outrebounded Iowa 30-27. In addition, the Hoosiers committed a season-low 11 turnovers.
Indiana will host Michigan at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 7. The game will be shown on the Big Ten Network.
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