Men's Basketball Falls To Iowa, 58-43
Jan. 24, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-Iowa's Brennan Cougill hit two key three-pointers to break open a close game and visiting Iowa went on to defeat Indiana, 58-43, Sunday evening in Assembly Hall. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Hoosiers. "This all came down to our lack of willingness to be in a fight today.," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "You can call it energy, it certainly wasn't a matter of being over worked in a sense of coming back from Penn State."
Freshman Christian Watford gave IU a 2-0 lead to start the game, but the Hawkeyes went on a 16-4 run and led 16-6 with 11:16 to go in the first half. The Hoosiers then went on an 11-0 run to take its last lead at 17-16 on a free throw by senior Devan Dumes, with 7:02 left before halftime. However the Hawkeyes, who outrebounded the Hoosiers, 21-10 in the first half and had a 13-2 advantage in second chance points.
"The number one key to the game was our inability to block out.," added Crean. "We didn't do a very good job of that and when we did block out, we didn't move bodies."
The Hoosiers did have one more run in them and cut the lead to 33-31 with 13:23 left by sophomore Verdell Jones III who finished with a team-high 14 points. After a free throw by the Hawkeyes Aaron Fuller, made it 34-31, Cougill hit his long distance offerings and the Hawkeyes pulled away.
Aaron Fuller had 13 points and Jarryd Cole added 11 points and 10 rebounds, leading Iowa.
For the game, Iowa outrebounded the Hoosiers, 39-23.
"We played hard, they played a lot harder," noted Crean. "They executed their game plan, we allowed them to. They deserved to win, there's no question about that. "
The Hoosiers return to the floor next Saturday at 2 p.m. (Eastern) for a rematch with Illinois.
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