Jan. 27, 2013
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — It was a scratch out, defensive, drawn out defensive type of game, and that style fed into Purdue’s 65-62 overtime victory over the University of Iowa men’s basketball team Sunday afternoon inside Mackey Arena.
“When they extended it to 11, I think everybody thought it was over,” said UI head coach Fran McCaffery. “We hung in there. A lot teams would have packed it in there, but we kept coming. We came back to take the lead, and the unfortunate thing is we didn’t make free throws down the stretch.”
Trailing 45-34 with eight minutes to play, the Hawkeyes used an 8-0 run to make it a game during the stretch run. Freshman Mike Gesell opened the spurt with a pair of free throws before a junior Melsahn Basabe’s dunk cut the margin to 45-38 with 7:14 remaining.
Gesell then followed with consecutive baskets — a fast break layup and a jumper — making the score 45-42 with 5:57 to play. Trailing 50-45 with 4:41 to play, sophomore Aaron White then scored eight straight points to give Iowa its first lead and build a 53-50 lead.
“I really challenged Mike to be aggressive offensively,” said McCaffery. “I felt he was a guy we could go to that would make baskets, and he was the guy that ignited us.”
Purdue’s Donnie Hale’s tip-in made it a 53-52 game with 1:46 remaining before junior Roy Devyn Marble made 1-of-2 free throws to put the Hawkeyes up 54-52 with 47 seconds to play. Following a Boilermaker timeout, Purdue’s Terone Johnson evened the score at 54 with 33 seconds left, giving Iowa the final shot of regulation.
Marble dribbled near midcourt before driving to the basket with 10 seconds to play. His shot was long and Basabe couldn’t control a tip attempt, sending the game to overtime.
“We wanted Marble going to the basket, we’re in the bonus, and I thought he got a really good look at it,” said McCaffery. “It’s unfortunate it didn’t go in.”
The scoring went back and forth over to start the extra frame with Basabe accounting for Iowa’s first five points. With the score tied at 59, Purdue’s Ronnie Johnson’s jumper put the Boilermaker’s up 61-59, and White missed both free throws on the ensuing possession to give Purdue the momentum.
“We missed three (free throws) down the stretch that would have really made a difference in this game,” said McCaffery. “In overtime, Aaron’s two misses are the ones that stick out, but when he missed those two, that was a big momentum shift toward them.”
After a defensive stop, courtesy of a Basabe blocked shot, Marble worked his way in for a three-foot attempt, but his shot was off the mark when he tried to draw contact. Purdue’s D.J. Byrd made two free throws to make it a four-point game (63-59) with 29 seconds left, and the Boilermakers made it a six point game (65-59) with three seconds left. White made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make the final 65-62 margin.
“We’re right there, we’re taking steps,” said Gesell, who led the Hawkeyes with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting with 3 3-point field goals. “I feel like we’re right there, and we’re about to turn the corner.”
Along with Gesell’s 18 points, Marble, White and Basabe also landed in double digits, scoring 12 points apiece.
Iowa shot 31.1 percent (19-of-61) from the floor and 5-of-17 from 3-point range, while Purdue was 25-of-64 (39.1 percent) from the field and 3-of-12 from long distance. The Hawkeyes made 19-of-27 attempts from the free throw stripe; the Boilermakers were 12-of-20.
Terone Johnson led a group of four Boilermakers offensively, finishing with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Ronnie Johnson had 15, while Hale and Bryd had 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Iowa opened the game by missing its first six shot attempts, allowing Purdue to jump out to a 10-2 advantage over the first five and a half minutes. Gesell made the Hawkeyes’ first field goal — a 3-pointer — at the 13:28 mark to make the score 10-7, and Iowa trailed 12-7 midway through the half despite making just one of its first 13 attempts.
The Hawkeyes’ 2-3 zone kept them in the game, as Purdue’s offense went stagnant. After falling behind by eight (19-11) with 2:13 left in the half, Marble scored the final five points to send the game into the break with the Boilermakers leading 19-16.
Iowa shot 15.4 percent (4-of-26) in the opening 20 minutes, but stayed in the game by going 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Purdue made 9-of-31 attempts (29 percent) from the floor.
The Hawkeyes (13-7, 2-5) return to action Thursday night, hosting Penn State at 7:06 p.m. (CT) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.