March 18, 2016
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By JAMES ALLAN
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Senior Adam Woodbury etched his name into University of Iowa men’s basketball lore Friday afternoon in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at the Barclays Center.
The Sioux City, Iowa, native tipped in a Mike Gesell missed field goal with less than a second remaining in overtime to send the seventh-seeded Hawkeyes to a 72-70 victory over No. 10 seed Temple. It is Iowa’s first buzzer-beating victory since defeating Kansas State in 2008.
“I knew if Mike got a good look, and it was a little long, I’d be able to get the offensive rebound,” said Woodbury, who scored four of his 10 points in overtime. “I was fortunate to put it in and it’s just one of those right place, right time kind of deals. I am happy we got it in.”
Iowa has won at least one NCAA Tournament game in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1996 and 1997.
Temple forced overtime, rallying from a 10 point second half deficit. The Hawkeyes led 61-53 with 5:08 remaining before the Owls’ Josh Brown hit a 3-pointer and Quenton DeCosey made a layup to trim their deficit to 61-58 with just under two minutes to play.
Iowa had its chances to put the game away, but junior Peter Jok missed the second of two free throws twice in the final 18 seconds, the second coming with just eight seconds to play. Temple secured the rebound and senior Anthony Clemmons fouled DeCosey in the act on a 3-pointer with two seconds left; he made all three to tie the contest at 63.
“We executed down the stretch as well as we have at any point in time in the last three seasons,” said UI head coach Fran McCaffery. “We couldn’t get a shot to go down.
“At the end of regulation, it looked like we had it, but we missed two back ends. You don’t think Anthony is going to foul, but he did, and the kid still makes three. They’re a team that comes back, that’s what they do. You’ve got to keep coming back yourselves, and that’s why I am so proud of our guys.”
In overtime, Iowa scored the first three points at the charity stripe before the Owls grabbed a 68-66 lead on a DeCosey three-point play with 2:40 left. It was Temple’s first lead since late in the first half.
Clemmons picked DeCosey’s pocket to start a 3-on-1 break, where Jok finished and was fouled. He made the free throw to give the Hawkeyes a 69-68 lead with 1:52 left. After Gesell drew a charge on Devin Coleman, Clemmons hit 1-of-2 free throws to put Iowa up 70-68, but Brown’s runner tied the game at 70 with under a minute to play.
Gesell missed a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left, but Iowa maintained possession when Woodbury swatted the ball out to Jok on the perimeter. Gesell’s contested jumper on the baseline didn’t draw iron, but Woodbury was in the right spot at the right time to give the Hawkeyes the victory.
Temple finished with a 45.5 field goal percentage, making 30-of-66 attempts, while Iowa shot 34.8 percent for the game. The Hawkeyes were 24-of-69 from the field and went 7-of-28 from 3-point range. The Owls dominated the rebounding, 49-38, but Iowa committed just three turnovers — the first didn’t come until the 3:45 mark in the second half.
Uthoff led a trio of Hawkeyes in double figures with 23 points albeit coming on a 7-of-21 day from the field. Jok scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Woodbury scored 10 and grabbed five rebounds.
After missing their first four shot attempts in the game, Iowa made seven straight field goals, including five 3-pointers to jump out to a 19-13 lead at the 14:21 mark. The Hawkeyes pushed their lead to 10 at the 12:39 mark and led by 12 with 10 minutes to play.
Down 32-20, the Owls found their footing, using a 13-0 run to take a 33-32 lead at the five-minute mark. The first half featured nine lead changes with the Hawkeyes leading 38-37 at the break.
“When we lost a 12-point lead in the first half, our defense was not what it needed to be,” said McCaffery. “That was about the only stretch where I could say we didn’t battle in that period of time the way we need to. Luckily we were still up one at halftime.”
The Hawkeyes led by eight points with five minutes left in regulation before a Brown 3-pointer and a DeCosey layup trimmed the deficit to 61-58 with 1:51 to play.
DeCosey scored a game-high 26 points, making 10-of-22 field goals, and grabbed eight rebounds. Brown finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, and five assists, and Jaylen Bond had 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Iowa (22-10) advance to face second-seeded Villanova on Sunday in the Round of 32. The Wildcats handled UNC-Ashville, 86-56, in their First Round contest.