The Iowa basketball team responded nicely to their last second loss vs Maryland by closing out Indiana last night in overtime.
The last two weeks of Iowa basketball have been absolutely insane. Five games decided by six points or less, and all of them decided in the last few seconds of the game. Two buzzer-beaters and two Jordan Bohannon-led incredible comebacks have helped the Hawks prevail in these tough situations.
Last night, Jordan Bohannon did it again.
With the Iowa basketball team down five with just over two minutes remaining, Jordan Bohannon hit two free throws, assisted on a Tyler Cook layup, and then hit a ridiculous three-pointer to tie it up.
He was just getting started.
In overtime, Bohannon continued to go off, hitting 3 of 4 three-pointers to account for 9 of Iowa’s 13 overtime points. In fact, Bohannon’s nine points outscored the entire Indiana Hoosiers basketball team in overtime. The Hawks won 76-70.
His performance in the game left Fran McCaffery a little bit at a loss for words.
"I’ve been doing this a while, Pat. I haven’t seen that much. You know, it’s funny, I remember when we signed him, I said he’s a lot like Steph. And what I meant was that he has that quick trigger. Steph Curry pulls right in your face and that’s what Jordan does."
The Hawks didn’t shoot the ball particularly well throughout the night hitting just 28% of their threes and 42% overall from the field. They did, however, have big performances from this trio:
- Tyler Cook: 18 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists
- Jordan Bohannon: 17 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists
- Luka Garza: 16 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists
Defensively, the Iowa basketball team did a strong job of Romeo Langford and the rest of the Hoosiers team. Langford hit just 30% of his shots and the rest of the Hoosiers hit just 41% from the field. Three-pointer was even worse with them shooting 22%.
Overall, Iowa’s performance was enough to get the win, and in no small part to the crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Fran had this to say about the atmosphere.
"It was phenomenal."
Scott Dochterman from The Athletic echoed that statement.
With just one game left at home and four overall remaining, the Iowa basketball team is close to March Madness.
They take on Ohio State this upcoming Tuesday before their final home game against Rutgers.