At one level, Iowa was trailing 22-6 within the rebound combat in opposition to Penn State. After final buzzer, the Hawkeyes led the combat on the glass 37-34 and defeated the Nittany Lions 68-51 in entrance of a sold-out crush at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Iowa males’s basketball staff’s five-point lead over Penn State at halftime on Saturday did not distract the Hawkeyes from head coach Fran McCaffery’s message.
“We had to get more physical and have more people hit the glass,” second striker Kris Murray mentioned after the sport.
Based on Iowa’s sport within the final 20 minutes, this message was obtained.
At one level, Iowa was trailing 22-6 within the rebound combat in opposition to Penn State. By final buzzer, the Hawkeyes had received the combat on the glass 37-34 and defeated the Nittany Lions 68-51 in entrance of a sell-out crush at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. In the method, Iowa too rebounded from their two-point loss to Rutgers on Wednesday and moved right down to .500 in Big Ten toy.
“We had a tough away game that didn’t go as we had hoped,” mentioned McCaffery after the sport. “Then we come home at 3am and we have a game on Saturday against a team that will really challenge you with their physicality, their ball movement, their talent and their execution. The fact that we put in such a performance I think says a lot about the guys in that dressing room.”
Iowa overtook Penn State 27-12 within the second half.
Combined with a defensive exertion that stored the Nittany Lions 33 % off the bailiwick — Penn State hit simply certainly one of its final eight photographs — the Hawkeyes outplayed their adversary by 12 factors within the second half.
Six Iowa gamers secured a minimum of three rebounds in opposition to Penn State. Sophomore route Keegan Murray led the Hawkeyes in each factors (15) and boards (eight). Three different Iowa gamers scored double-digit objectives.
Patrick McCaffery identified Friday that he had by no means attended a Saturday house sport in school. The final time Iowa performed at Carver on a Saturday was March 2020 (when Patrick McCaffery wore redshirt).
The redshirt sophomore scored within the first 5 minutes with two 3-pointers in opposition to the Nittany Lions on his route to 11 factors.
“Hats to Iowa,” mentioned Penn State head coach Micah Shrewsberry. “…We hung out and kept it close in the first half. We talked about transition and rebounds were key to the game. We did that in the first half and then they threw it at us. They really punished us on the glass in the second half. They were the tougher team tonight. They showed who they are and what they have to do to win.”
Iowa improves to 14-5 general and 4-4 within the Big Ten after Saturday’s earn. The Hawkeyes weren’t over .500 in Big Ten toy this season.
Penn State falls to 8-8 general and 3-5 within the Big Ten after dropping.
Murray closed the trail
Between 11:26 and a pair of:20 of the second half, the Murray Twins accounted for 19 of Iowa’s 21 factors. Iowa’s lead grew from six to fifteen throughout that stretch.
Keegan Murray, the nation’s prime scorer, shot simply 4-of-12 (1-of-7 from 3-point meander) from the ground in opposition to the Nittany Lions. But his solely 3-pointer was an enormous one. A facet shot from past the arc on the prime of the Key ended the Murrays-dominated stretch and iced Iowa’s earn over Penn State.
“It’s amazing that he’s able to do that,” Fran McCaffery mentioned of Keegan Murray staying tranquil on artic nights. “I assumed he was only a miniature off. I do not cerebrate he pressured something. But he did not vacillate, and that was the dagger.
While Keegan Murray, who performed each 40 minutes, struggled off the ground, Kris Murray relaxed a miniature.
Kris Murray completed the sport with 13 factors (3 of 5 3-pointers) and 4 rebounds off the bench.
“I have a lot of confidence in my shot and they played me pretty low,” mentioned Kris Murray. “So the coach and our captains told me to let it fly because they have a lot of confidence in my shot.”
Bohannon regains reliance
Iowa preserve sophomore Jordan Bohannon hung his head and exited the locker elbowroom after Iowa misplaced to Rutgers. And for maybe the primary time in his lengthy collegiate profession, the all-time Big Ten chief misplaced reliance within the 3-point contest.
Bohannon hit simply 4 of his 18 3-pointers in Iowa’s final two video games in opposition to Minnesota and Rutgers.
“This is probably the first time in my career that I’ve kind of doubted myself,” Bohannon mentioned. “Against Minnesota and Rutgers, I got the ball late in the shot clock and I wasn’t my normal me.”
Before Saturday’s sport, the Iowa coaches tried to carry Bohannon advocate to himself. They confirmed Bohannon a election of his large photographs from his Hawkeye profession. And Bohannon seen how he performed when he was at his finest.
“They showed me the cockiness and swagger that I played with and I have to get back to that because that’s who I am,” Bohannon mentioned. “I haven’t been myself in the last couple of games. I want my senior year – because this team is really special – to be special.”
The former Linn-Mar High School prep completed with 11 factors and hit three of his seven 3-pointers in opposition to the Nittany Lions.
Iowa returns to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a house sport Thursday at 8 p.m. in opposition to No. 4 Purdue (15-3). The sport will breathe declar on FS1.
The Hawkeyes misplaced their first sport of the season in opposition to the Boilermakers 77-70 in West Lafayette.