Hawks Fight, Fall to Michigan State

January 20, 2010

Written by Jon Miller

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Iowa lost to Michigan State 70-63 on Wednesday night…that they lost at the Breslin Center is not a surprise, as they have not won there in 17 years.

However, for a while in the second half, it looked like some of that 1993 magic was ready to strike again as Iowa rallied from a 19 point defecit with 11:09 remaining in the game to pull to within three points with 2:05 remaining on a long bomb three from Matt Gatens.  Iowa would cut the margin to three with :17 seconds to play, but the Spartans hit their free throws down the stretch to salt away the victory.

The 1993 win is a game that Iowa fans will never forget, a 96-90 overtime victory 10 days after Chris Street was killed in a car accident.  Iowa trailed by 15 points with just over three minutes remaining, and that’s when guard Val Barnes & Acie Earl went crazy and the Spartans couldn’t hit their free throws.

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Four Hawkeyes scored in double figures, led by Matt Gatens with 17.  Aaron Fuller had 13 points and nine rebounds, just missing a third straight double-double.  Cully Payne added 12 while Jarryd Cole scored 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds.  Those four players started the game for Iowa, along with Eric May who scored eight points.  The only points off of Iowa’s bench was a three-point shot by Brennan Cougill.  John Lickliter went 0-5 in 16 minutes with one assist and one turnover.  Devan Balwinkel played just nine minutes and missed both of his shots, which were three point attempts

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Iowa was 7 of 25 from beyond the arc while the Spartans were just 3 of 12.  Iowa was 10-13 from the foul line, Michigan State was 11 of 17.  The Spartans committed one more turnover than Iowa, but they handed out 24 assists on 28 field goals and outrebounded Iowa by eight, including four on the offensive glass.

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Iowa fell to 1-5 in Big Ten play and 7-12 on the season.

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