Hawkeye Slide Continues with Lopsided Loss at Indiana

December 4, 2017

Written by Rob Howe

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The Iowa basketball team’s struggles continued Monday in a 77-64 loss at Indiana. The issues that have hampered the Hawkeyes this season showed up again.

Iowa (4-5) turned the ball over 18 times for a second game in a row. It suffered through scoring droughts and broke down too often on defense.

The Hawkeyes lost for the third time in row and for the fifth time in six games. They fell to 0-2 in the Big Ten.

Junior guard Brady Ellingson was a bright spot for Iowa. He came off the bench to hit 6 of 9 shots from the floor and finished with 16 points and also contributed four assists. Freshman Jack Nunge, an Indiana native, added 12 points and was the only other Hawkeye to reach double figures.

It proved to be a tough night for Iowa’s starting backcourt. Jordan Bohannon and Isaiah Moss shot just 3 of 13 from the floor, combining for just nine points. They turned it over seven times.

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Coach Fran McCaffery benched Bohannon and Moss to start the second half with Iowa trailing, 41-26. He opened with Ellingson and Maishe Dailey (3 points, 4 assists, no turnovers).

The lineup shuffle sparked the Hawkeyes. They ripped off a 16-2 run during the first four minutes of the second half, cutting their deficit to one.

Iowa traded baskets for a few more minutes but the opening surge took a lot out of the visitord. The Hoosiers (5-4, 1-1) responded with a 16-0 spurt to go up 69-50 with 8:33 to play in the game. The Hawkeyes would not have another answer.

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Like it did in a 77-73 home loss to Penn State on Saturday, Iowa yielded 22 points on 18 turnovers. It managed 10 points off 10 Hooiser turnovers.

Indiana held a 47-42 advantage in rebounds and a 36-26 edge on points in the paint. The Hoosiers also enjoyed a 15-7 bulge on fast-break points.

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Juwan Morgan led four Indiana players in double figures scoring with 15 points. He also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Hoosiers came in action Monday on a two-game losing streak. They opened Big Ten play with a 69-55 loss at Michigan on Saturday. They had lost 90-69 to Indiana State at home earlier this season.

The Hawkeyes return to action on Thursday when they travel to rival Iowa State (7 p.m. CT, ESPN2). Iowa’s last victory in Ames came on March 21, 2003, a 54-53 win in the NIT. It will be trying to end a seven-game losing streak at Hilton Coliseum.

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