Iowa City, IA- The Hawkeyes put on a real show last night against the 23-3 Spartans. They opened the night as 10 point underdogs, but battled their way to take the lead with four minutes left. To only come up short 96-93.
It was a back and forth game throughout, with neither team giving an inch. Michigan State came out of the gates fast and opened up a ten point lead early in the first. The Hawkeyes continued to fight, and found themselves only trailing by 6 going into half time.
The second half is where things really got interesting. The Hawkeyes began to have hot hands in Cook and Bohannon. Fran McCaffery would ride them to a 78-71 lead with 8:45 left on the clock. Sadly, the Hawkeyes would only score 15 more points in the final 9 minutes. Allowing the Spartans to come back and grab a victory.
Many great takeaways from this game for the Hawkeyes, as many players put up big numbers against this elite opponent.
The most important stats of the night were the turnover numbers. The Hawkeyes only committed 1 turnover in the entire second half, and were able to find holes in the Spartan defense. This allowed the Hawkeyes to put up 51 points in the second half alone.
The problem lied on the other end of the court. With the obvious number of 96 points given up by the Hawkeyes. The Defense allowed the Spartans to shoot 56% from the floor, and sent the Spartans to the line 29 times. Where they would shoot 83% from.
There were some stand out performers for the Hawkeyes.
Tyler Cook ended up shooting 11 for 22 from the floor on his way to 22 points. He combined that with 4 rebounds and 3 assists for the night. An overall great night offensively for the sophomore.
Cook was accompanied by Jordan Bohannon with 17 points. The guard also was able to produce 6 assist and 5 rebounds. All while going turnover free for the entire game.
The Spartans will move on from this tough part of their schedule, and will not play again until Saturday against Indiana. This will give them some well needed rest after playing some tough Big Ten opponents.
As for the Hawkeyes, they will be hitting the road soon, and will not be back to Carver Hawkeye Arena until February 17th. Until then they will have to travel to #13 Ohio State on Saturday and #20 Michigan next Wednesday.