Sheehey Leads Indiana Past No. 20 Iowa, 93-86
Feb. 28, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Will Sheehey scored 19 of his career-high 30 points in the first half and Stanford Robinson added a career-best 17 to lead Indiana over No. 20 Iowa 93-86 on Thursday night in a game that was postponed last week.
The Hoosiers (16-12, 6-9 Big Ten) went on a 9-0 run in the second half, capped by a 3-pointer from Evan Gordon that gave them a 62-60 lead with 13:13 remaining.
Roy Devyn Marble had 20 points and Aaron White added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (19-9, 8-7), who have lost three straight.
The Hoosiers scored six straight points to take a 77-69 lead when Robinson converted a three-point play. Sheehey dunked to give Indiana an 82-73 advantage with 1:35 remaining.
The game originally was slated for last week but was postponed after an 8-foot, 50-pound steel plate fell from the ceiling of Assembly Hall about 6 1/2 hours before the scheduled start.
The plate was reinforced with four additional bolts, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said before Thursday's tipoff.
Three other steel plates that were found to be loose and those were taken down, inspected, and reinforced to the ceiling with additional bolts as well, Glass said. Melting snow and ice pushed water behind the steel plate, jarring it loose. Glass said the tops of the plates were shaved off, allowing more room between the ceiling and the plate itself.
The Hawkeyes had a chance to move up in the league standings with No. 22 Ohio State's 65-63 loss at Penn State on Thursday night. But the Hoosiers, who have had struggles of their own, knocked off a Top 25 team for the third time this season.
The Hawkeyes closed the first half on a 9-0 run. Zach McCabe hit a 3-pointer and White dunked twice, including one with 1:16 left to put Iowa ahead 50-49. Gabriel Olaseni scored on a hook shot to make it 52-49 at halftime.
The Hawkeyes went on a 6-0 spurt early in the second half to take a 58-51 lead on a basket by Mike Gesell and two more by Melsahn Basabe. Robinson dunked for Indiana and White dunked for the Hawkeyes before Indiana's 9-0 run to take the lead.
Robinson made a layup, Sheehey hit a 3 and Jeremy Hollowell sank a free throw before Gordon's go-ahead 3. Gordon took a charge from Jarrod Uthoff, but Marble grabbed a steal from Yogi Ferrell and scored to tie the game at 62.
Basabe gave the Hawkeyes a 66-64 lead on a putback, but it didn't last long as Indiana went on a 7-2 run.
Devin Davis converted a three-point play and Gordon made a layup. White hit two free throws before Sheehey made a basket to make it 74-69.
Rescheduling the game with the Hoosiers hasn't done any favors for the Hawkeyes, who host Purdue on Sunday before going to Michigan State next Thursday for the first of two games in three days. The Hawkeyes wrap up the regular season at home against Illinois on March 8.
The two weeks leading up to the Big Ten tournament aren't much better for the Hoosiers. They host Ohio State on Sunday, Nebraska on Wednesday and then go to Michigan on March 8.
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