For the first 25 minutes of the game it looked like Iowa was going to pull off the huge upset at home. Carver-Hawkeye was rocking.
Tyler Cook and company were having their way inside but then they started missing shots both inside and outside.
And you can’t do that against a team like Michigan State.
The Hawkeyes shot just 1-for-11 from three-point land in the second half.
And the Spartans turned the misses into a bunch of easy buckets on their 24-2 run to absolutely blow this game open.
“We just weren’t getting back like we normally were in the first half,” said Jordan Bohannon, who finished with 3 points and shot 1-for-7 from 3-point range. “That’s why we were up going into halftime. We were getting back in transition, stopping their transition game.”
“You know I think we did come out really well at the start of the second half, but we didn’t really expand on our lead much,” said Nicholas Baer, who had 10 points and 3 assists. “At the end of the first four minutes of the second half we were only up five and we went into halftime only up four. I think that’s a point of the game where it’s really important for us to get some stops and expand on our lead when we’re playing well.”
“Coach made a good point in the locker room after the game,” said Tyler Cook, who ended with 17 points and 6 rebounds in loss. “We can’t get down on ourselves. We’re 16-4 at the end of the day. In most cases, we’ll take that. We’re still in decent shape…we’ll live.”
It was a short and terse postgame for Fran McCaffery.
He was upset about the Spartans shooting 13 more free throws than Iowa.
Interestingly, he didn’t mention the fact Michigan State outrebounded the Hawks 42-26.
Iowa back in action on Sunday on the road at Minnesota.