Iowa will probably look back on its 101-89 double overtime loss to Minnesota on Wednesday as the one that got away.
The Hawkeyes appeared to be in position to win in regulation when Brady Ellingson picked up what appeared to be a Minnesota turnover with less than 30 seconds left and the Hawkeyes up 77-75. Ellingson called for a timeout, but it wasn’t granted and the refs instead a jump ball when the ball was tied up. The possession arrow went to Minnesota and guard Nate Mason scored the tying layup with 9 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime at 77-77.
After each team scored 7 points in the first OT, Golden Gophers (17-7, 5-6 Big Ten) scored 10 of the first 13 points in the second overtime to claim victory in a game they blew a 14-point lead in the second half. They have won two straight and in the process ended a three-game winning streak for Iowa (14-11, 6-6).
Why it happened
Iowa couldn’t stop Mason or forward Jordan Murphy. Each scored 25 points, Murphy grabbing 19 rebounds to go with his career-high point total while Mason added 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Also, Minnesota had 14 blocks in the win.
What it means for Iowa
The Hawkeyes started the night tied for fifth in the league and trying to make a late push to potentially enter the NCAA Tournament discussion. Iowa didn’t have room for a misstep and couldn’t afford to let a winnable game on the road get away if it had serious hopes of making it to the Big Dance.
Guard Peter Jok came alive for the Hawkeyes. In his second game back from a back injury, Jok looked like his normal self with a game-high 28 points.
Hello again, Peter Jok. #Hawkeyes
— Jeremiah Davis (@jeremiahdavis10) February 9, 2017
Guard Isaiah Moss carried the offense early. He was aggressive and attacked the basket while scoring 12 first-half points. He finished with 19. Point guard Jordan Bohannon, the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week, put together another strong game with 12 points, 8 assists and 1 turnover.
Forward Tyler Cook wasn’t much of a factor in the contest. He scored 5 points on 2-of-5 shooting and grabbed 3 rebounds.
Who was there
Iowa athletic director Gary Barta was in Williams Arena. Former Hawkeye player Bobby Hansen took in the action while calling the game on the Iowa Radio Network.
Who is next
Iowa will travel to Michigan State (14-10, 6-5) on Saturday (6 p.m. ET, BTN).
Minnesota tops Iowa 101-89 in double overtime. pic.twitter.com/KDAkHL8uaz
— Bobby La Gesse (@BobbyLaGesse) February 9, 2017