Indiana suffered a heartbreaking last-second loss to Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals on Saturday afternoon. Jordan Bohannon hit a banked-in 3-pointer with one second remaining to clinch it for Iowa, and end the Hoosiers’ run at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The Hoosiers led at halftime 38-32 and were led in the game by Trayce Jackson-Davis with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Xavier Johnson added 20 points and nine assists.
IU (20-13) will now await its NCAA Tournament fate. Selection Sunday is tomorrow.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. No answer for Keegan Murray. The All-American Hawkeye forward was a mismatch for Indiana, especially without the services of injured forward Jordan Geronimo. Murray made eight 3-pointers on ten attempts and scored 32 points. Murray added nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Indiana tried to take away driving lanes by switching and that part worked, but the versatile three-level scorer found openings on the perimeter all afternoon.
2. Hoosiers struggle from three. While the Hawkeyes lit it up from distance, IU made just 5-of-19 (26.3 percent). Miller Kopp made two from long range in the span of 42 seconds and at that point it looked like IU might run away with it. They led by nine with 5:29 left. But those were Kopp’s only two makes from deep on seven attempts. Trey Galloway, Parker Stewart, Xavier Johnson and Kopp combined to make just 4-of-18 on what were almost all good looks.
3. The return of the late collapse. Indiana’s defense held Iowa relatively in check for most of the game, but the Hawkeyes closed the game on a 15-6 run over the last 3:20, with old nemesis Jordan Bohannon delivering the final dagger. Iowa had averaged 98 per game over its first two Big Ten games, but IU held them to 32 in the first half and 65 through the first 37 minutes. The Hawkeyes made 10 of their last 13 shots to close the game.
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