Indiana Falters at Iowa, Falls 81-75
Feb. 3, 2007
IOWA CITY, Iowa - In a game featuring five ties and 13 lead changes, Indiana got 24 points from Roderick Wilmont and had three players score in double figures, but came up short at Iowa on Saturday, Feb. 3, falling 81-75.
Wilmont went 9-for-19 from the field, including 6-for-12 from 3-point range, to notch his fifth 20-point effort of the season. Earl Calloway followed with 16 points, while A.J. Ratliff added 15 off the bench for the Hoosiers (16-6, 6-3 Big Ten).
Indiana trailed by eight with just 1:03 to play, but a Wilmont 3 cut the Hawkeyes' lead to just four with 58 seconds left. A pair of Tyler Smith free throws put Iowa (13-10, 5-4) back up by six, but Calloway answered with a pair of his own to draw IU within four again with just 45 seconds remaining.
Iowa's Tony Freeman and the Hoosiers' Errek Suhr traded a pair of free throws before Calloway's layup cut the Hawkeyes' lead to two at 77-75 with 19 seconds to play. Indiana would get no closer, however, as Smith and Adam Haluska both hit a pair of free throws to put the game out of reach.
Iowa hit all 12 of its free-throw attempts in the final 1:23. The Hawkeyes went 32-for-37 from the line for the game, including 20-for-22 (90.9 percent) in the second half. Indiana attempted 14 fewer free throws than Iowa, converting on 17 its 23 attempts for the game.
The Hoosiers led by as many as eight points in the first half, getting off to a fast start on Wilmont's hot shooting. The senior from Miramar, Fla., hit four triples in the first 8:05 of the contest, and Ratliff's second 3-pointer of the game gave Indiana a 22-14 lead with 10:39 left in the first half.
Justin Johnson then converted a pair of free throws for Iowa on a three-shot foul, but Mike White restored the Hoosiers' eight-point advantage on IU's next trip down the court. After a trio of personal fouls by the Hoosiers, Freeman dropped in a layup to start a 12-4 Iowa run that tied the contest at 28 with 4:19 to play in the opening frame.
The teams went on to trade the lead three times before the half, but Ratliff's layup with 36 seconds left drew Indiana even, sending the sides into the locker room deadlocked at 37.
A Calloway jumper and a Lance Stemler layup put IU back up by four early in the second half, but a Smith layup and a Haluska 3 put Iowa back on top, 42-41. Ratliff and Cyrus Tate traded layups, but Haluska hit a jumper to put the Hawkeyes up by three, 46-43, with 15:19 to play. A Calloway jumper pulled Indiana back within one, and Wilmont hit another 3 to swing the lead back in IU's favor, 48-46, with 14:07 to play.
The lead would prove to be the Hoosiers' last, as Haluska answered with a triple of his own to start 15-6 run that put Iowa up by seven with just under six minutes to play. Iowa would stretch its lead to eight points twice before Indiana's frantic push in the final minutes.
Haluska scored a game-high 33 points to lead the Hawkeyes, while Smith added 18 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists.
Iowa dominated the boards, outrebounding Indiana, 42-25. Despite collecting 15 offensive rebounds to just six for the Hoosiers, Iowa only held an 8-4 advantage in second-chance points. IU scored 21 points off 19 Hawkeye turnovers.
Ratliff paced the Hoosier squad in rebounds with five, while freshman Armon Bassett and Calloway shared team-high honors with five assists apiece.
Indiana returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 10, when it will host Illinois at Assembly Hall. The game will air on CBS at 1 p.m.
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