Coming off a big victory on Saturday night against the Spartans, many looked at Thursday nights contest against Iowa as a chance to prove that Saturday’s performance was more than just a fluke. Indiana had breathed new life into what looked like a dying season, and on Thursday Indiana had a chance to add yet another quality win to their resume.
Yet the Hoosiers couldn’t capitalize, falling to the Hawkeyes 77-72 in front of an energetic Assembly Hall Crowd. The Hoosiers were able to get out to a 15-11 lead just over five minutes into the first half, but Iowa took control from there.
The Hawkeyes would go on a 20-5 run fueled by efficient three-point shooting and costly Indiana turnovers. The Hawkeyes converted 16 points off Indiana turnovers in the first-half and were able to pick apart the Indiana defense at will en route to a 46-point first half along with a ten-point lead at the break.
In the second half, the Indiana defense was able to limit the potent Hawkeye offense and were able to trim the Hawkeye lead to just three on two separate occasions. Yet whenever Indiana looked like they were on the verge of getting over the hump, Iowa was able to find an answer. Credit needs to be given to a pair of Iowa veterans in Tyler Cook and Jordan Bohannon, who seemed to be able to make whatever play Iowa needed to keep the lead.
Bohannon in-particular came up huge for the Hawkeyes on multiple occasions. Bohannon was able to knock down a pair of dagger threes that put the Hoosiers away for good, and it seemed no matter how much space Bohannon had, he knew the shot was going in. Cook was also huge for the Hawkeyes all night long, leading his team in both scoring and rebounding on the night, along with dishing out four assists on the game.
Indiana will not have long to linger on the loss, as Ohio State will visit Bloomington on Sunday for an afternoon showdown. The Hoosiers will look to avoid a fourth-straight home loss on Sunday, and a loss could prove devastating for the Indiana’s tournament chances.