March 2, 2013
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Top-ranked Indiana handed the University of Iowa men’s basketball team a 73-60 defeat in a game that featured a combined 66 free throw attempts and 52 fouls.
The Hawkeyes were in jeopardy of getting blown out when Indiana broke open the game and pushed its lead to 47-29 midway through the second half. Iowa, however, showed its character by not backing down.
“We were within 10 and had a chance to take it to possibly seven,” said senior Eric May, who finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. “It’s just a couple of possessions difference. There really hasn’t been a game where we’ve quit, and that’s something special with this team.”
“A lesser team, an inexperienced team and that 18 goes to 30,” said UI head coach Fran McCaffery. “We got it from 18 to 10 with the ball.”
The Hawkeyes fought back to within 14 points (53-39) with eight minutes to play following four straight points by junior Roy Devyn Marble, but Indiana proceeded to push its lead to back to 17 (59-42) on a Cody Zeller fast break dunk with 6:25 to play.
Iowa followed with a 10-3 Iowa run to cut the margin to 62-52. May opened with two free throws and a layup to cut the deficit to 61-46. Following a free throw by Christian Watford, Marble’s jumper and a layup by Gabriel Olaseni made it a 62-50 game. May’s fast break dunk then cut the deficit to 10 with 3:41 to play.
“I am proud of the fact that we continued to keep coming,” said McCaffery. “We have a lot of guys that stepped up for us.”
The Hawkeyes had the ball with a chance to cut the deficit to single digits, but a turnover — one of 19 for Iowa in the game — led to a Will Sheehey fast break layup for a four-point swing. Iowa got to within 10 points (64-54) a second time with 2:37 to play on two more May free throws, but that was the Hawkeyes’ last hoorah.
Three Iowa players finished in double figures with Marble leading the way with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Marble was 5-of-6 from the free throw stripe along with six rebounds. Junior Aaron White scored 14 points and had seven rebounds, while May netted 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Iowa shot 38.2 (21-of-55) from the field and was 1-of-13 from 3-point range. The Hoosiers were 21-of-54 from the floor (38.9 percent) and made 2-of-14 3-point field goal attempts. Indiana shot 18 more free throws and had a 12-point advantage at the line. Iowa was 17-of-24 (70.8 percent); IU was 29-of-42 (69 percent).
Cody Zeller led all players with 22 points, making 7-of-13 field goals and 8-of-13 free throws. He also had 10 rebounds. Ferrell scored a career-high 19 points and had five assists, and Victor Oladipo had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Eight Iowa turnovers over the first seven minutes of the contest helped Indiana jump out to an 11-4 lead. The Hoosiers pushed their lead to 19-8 at the 6:29 mark following consecutive field goals by Zeller, but Iowa kept hanging around.
“That’s where we lost it,” said May of Iowa’s 14 first-half turnovers. “These guys are too good to give them 14 more possessions at home.”
The Hawkeyes cut their deficit to 20-14 with 3:37 to go in the first half with a 6-1 spurt, which included two field goals by junior Melsahn Basabe. Indiana then scored the final six points of the half to take a 26-14 lead into the break.
Both teams struggled shooting over the first 20 minutes. Iowa was 7-of-24 (29.2 percent) from the field, while the Hoosiers were 8-of-28 (28.6 percent). The two teams went a combined 0-of-14 (0-of-5 Iowa; 0-of-9 Indiana) from long range, and the Hawkeyes were 0-3 from the charity stripe. Indiana went 10-of-17.
The Hawkeyes return to action Tuesday, hosting Illinois at 6 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
“We’re going to have to come with it on Tuesday night,” said McCaffery.