IOWA CITY, Iowa — Four Hawkeyes scored in double figures, but visiting Ohio State handed the University of Iowa men’s basketball team a 92-81 loss Thursday night on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Buckeyes shot 53 percent from the field and had five players reach double figures. Keita Bates-Diop led all scorers with 26 points; including a key eight-point stretch in the second half after Iowa trimmed its 14-point halftime deficit to five points (48-43) three minutes in.
Ohio State took control of the game four minutes in, using a 16-1 run to turn a 12-9 deficit into a 25-13 lead. Iowa trailed 46-32 at the break after the Buckeyes shot 54.5 percent, making 18-of-33 field goals.
“We need to be more verbal when teams go on runs,” said junior Nicholas Baer. “You look at when teams are going on runs and we’re not getting a good shot or getting a stop when we need one badly.
“I think we’re right there, there are a few small things we can fix and we’ll be right back.”
Iowa’s full-court pressure got the Hawkeyes back into the game in the second half. The press forced three Buckeye turnovers in the first three minutes, and Iowa capitalized with nine unanswered points.
“Iowa did a tremendous job to start the second half,” said Ohio State head coach Chris Holtman. “They came at us and we did not handle that well at all.”
But then Bates-Diop took over.
The forward made three field goals and added a pair of free throws to push the lead to 56-43 and Kam Williams’ jumper capped the 10-0 spurt with a jumper to stretch the lead to 15. Ohio State’s lead swelled at 16 points (77-61) on a C.J. Jackson steal and layup with 4:35 to play.
Sophomore Tyler Cook paced the Hawkeyes with 21 points, making 7-of-15 field goals and 7-of-8 free throws. It was his second straight 20-point game and fifth of the season.
Garza and Jordan Bohannnon had 15 points apiece, while junior Nicholas Baer added 10. The Hawkeyes shot 42.6 percent and made seven 3-pointers (7-of-17) in the contest.
QUOTING COACH MCCAFFERY
“We are a young team, but we have enough experience to be playing better than we’re playing. I don’t want to use that as an excuse. Those sophomores played a lot last year.”
“There were times we were doing good stuff and individuals were playing well. There were stretches where we don’t and we have to be able to get through that and be a little tougher.”
Bohannon notched his first double-double of the season, finishing with 15 points and 10 assists. The guard made 6-of-13 field goals, including one 3-pointer, in 30 minutes. Iowa had 17 total assists in the game. It was Bohannon’s fourth career double-double.
ATTACKING THE GLASS
After having seven offensive rebounds in Tuesday’s loss against Michigan, Iowa hit the offensive boards vigorously against the Buckeyes. The Hawkeyes finished with 15 offensive rebounds, turning them into 24 second-chance points.
Cook had six offensive rebounds by himself after going without one against the Wolverines.
“We got on the glass better,” said Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery. “That’s the thing that stuck out the other night. When we’re struggling offensively, you have to go get some back. Tonight we got 15 offensive rebounds. That’s a team that is fighting.”
- The Hawkeyes were outscored, 42-26, in the paint and had just two fast-break points.
- Iowa took care of the basketball, committing just 11 turnovers.
- Records: Iowa (9-8, 0-4); Ohio State (12-4, 3-0)
The Hawkeyes return to action Sunday, traveling to College Park for a matchup against Maryland. The game will begin at 7 p.m. (CT). It’s the first of three straight road games.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Teams don’t often survive when digging a 16-point hole in the first quarter against the No. 13-ranked team in the nation.
The No. 17 University to Iowa women’s basketball team found out the hard way Thursday at No. 13 Maryland, falling behind 31-17 after the first quarter and losing 80-64 in front of 3,841 at the XFINITY Center.
The loss snaps a seven-game winning streak for the Hawkeyes, who are 14-2 overall, 2-1 in the Big Ten Conference. Maryland’s 12th consecutive win lifts the Terrapins to 14-2, 3-0.
“We need to work on valuing the ball, getting the ball into our (posts), and being patient with the offense,” Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said. “I’m surprised (Maryland’s) half-court press bothered us as much as it did, I thought we could have handled that better. We handled their full-court press beautifully and had some great scores off it.”
Maryland led by as many as 16 in the first quarter (31-15), but the Hawkeyes battled back and made it a six-point game (31-25) when junior Megan Gustafson scored in the paint with 6:15 to go before halftime.
With 15 points and 15 rebounds, Gustafson registered her 15th double-double of the season and 42nd of her career. Sophomore Kathleen Doyle added a double-double of her own with 13 points and 11 assists. Her assist total is a career-high. At halftime, Doyle had nine assists, but no points. She warmed up offensively in the second half, making 5 of 10 field goals (3 of 4 from 3-point range).
Freshman guard Alexis Sevillian scored eight points with a career-high seven rebounds.
The Hawkeyes made 8 of 16 field goals in the second quarter and 7 of 15 in the fourth. Junior Hannah Stewart was 4 of 5 for the game and Gustafson was 5 of 8. Senior Chase Coley added nine points and six rebounds.
“Our posts aren’t getting enough touches and we need to find a way to get them the ball,” Bluder said. “It’s hard because we aren’t shooting the ball well from outside.”
Iowa was 7 of 24 from beyond the arc.
Kaila Charles paced Maryland with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and four steals.
QUOTING COACH BLUDER
“If you take out that first quarter, we played a pretty good defensive game. It’s just that first quarter we allowed 31 points and a lot of them were off turnovers. We turned the ball over way too many times — 23 times — giving them 29 points off our turnovers. That’s the story of the game; that and second-chance points. They scored 18 second-chance points.”
STATISTIC OF THE GAME
Iowa committed a season-high 23 turnovers, resulting in 29 points by Maryland. The Hawkeyes had 21 turnovers in games against Morgan State, Florida State, and Wisconsin.
Iowa plays at Illinois on Sunday with tip-off set for 1 p.m. (CT). It will be the Hawkeyes’ second consecutive road game during a stretch that sees them play four of five away from Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
“We will go back to the film and try to figure out how we can get better and go to Illinois and get a victory on Sunday,” Bluder said.
Iowa opened the 2017 Big Ten season at Illinois, losing 70-65.