Hoosiers Edged by Hawkeyes in Double OT
February 7, 2004Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana fell to the Iowa Hawkeyes in a double-overtime thriller , 84-82, Saturday at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. The Hoosiers slipped to 11-9 overall and 5-4 in Big Ten play while, Iowa improved to 12-8 and 5-4 in the league.
Things looked bleak for Indiana when the Hoosiers found themselves trailing by three with Bracey Wright on the free throw line shooting two and only one second on the shot clock, but Wright sunk the first, then intentionally missed the second. The rebound bounced straight up in the air off the heel of the rim, where Pat Ewing, Jr., was able to tap it in with under a second remaining and send the game into overtime.
The Hoosiers found themselves in danger again in the first overtime, trailing by three with 10 seconds remaining, but Wright dribbled around a Sean Kline screen at the top of the key to nail the game-tying three-pointer with three seconds left and send the game into a second overtime.
Fatigue was clearly an issue for both teams in the second overtime, as neither team scored until Kline got free underneath for a layup with 1:16 remaining. Iowa's Glen Worley answered on the ensuing trip downcourt to tie the game with 56 seconds remaining. Kline was unable to score for Indiana, with Greg Brunner clearing the rebound for Iowa. After a Hawkeye timeout, Iowa's Brody Boyd missed the potential game-winner, but the long rebound was grabbed by Jeff Horner, who ran the clock down to two seconds before slashing to the rim and sealing the Iowa victory with an off-balance layup.
The Hoosiers were led by Bracey Wright's 25 points in the loss. A.J Moye contributed 20 points, which tied a career high. The balanced Iowa attack was led by Brunner's 23 points and 14 rebounds and Worley's 20 points.
Iowa had its starting five on the court for all but 13 minutes of the game, while Bracey Wright and Marshall Strickland both played 50 minutes for Indiana.
Iowa's 2-3 zone defense gave the Hoosiers fits in the first half, as Indiana was only able to convert on 10 of its 29 attempts from the field in the opening 20 minutes (34.5 pct). The zone kept Indiana from running any kind of offense through center George Leach, as the senior was held scoreless until the waning minutes of the first half and went into the locker room with only two points to his credit.
With Leach held in check, Indiana got the bulk of its early production from the perimeter, as five of the Hoosiers' first six field goals were three-pointers. Meanwhile, Iowa pounded the ball inside on the other end of the court, as forwards Glen Worley and Greg Brunner combined to score 16 of the Hawkeyes' first 20 points. Iowa held an 18-4 advantage over Indiana in points in the paint during the first half and went into the locker room with a 33-28 lead.
Indiana entered Saturday's contest as winners of two straight and four of the last five over Iowa, with Hawkeye head coach and former Hoosier legend Steve Alford winless in three outings against Indiana in games played at Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers return to action when they head to State College, Pa., to square off against Penn State at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Bryce Jordan Center. The game will be broadcast live along the Indiana Basketball Network with Don Fischer handling play-by-play and Todd Leary providing analysis. Joe Smith handles pre-game, halftime and post-game. Wednesday's contest will be televised by ESPN-Plus Local.
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