The Iowa Hawkeyes dropped their second straight game, 77-66, to Michigan State on Saturday night at Breslin Center.
The Hawkeyes led 32-31 at halftime but slumped in the second half to lose for the 19th time in their last 20 trips to East Lansing.
Iowa forced 20 Michigan State turnovers but shot just 21 of 64 from the field.
What has this game had?
Lots of alley-oops. And dunks. And people getting dunked on. And dunks. https://t.co/ANo7sjzpOK
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) February 12, 2017
How it happened
This game was like virtually every other Iowa trip to East Lansing since 1993 (save for last season). The Hawkeyes competed for a half and traded leads 15 times with the Spartans. Then 5 minutes into the second half, Iowa failed to keep up.
Over a 5-minute stretch, the Spartans stormed to a 17-6 run, highlighted by consecutive 3-pointers from Cassius Winston. Michigan State scored on five straight possessions, which concluded on an Alvin Ellis III 3-pointer. When the run was over, Michigan State led by 12 points and never was threatened the rest of the way.
What it means for Iowa basketball
The streaky Hawkeyes (14-12, 6-7 Big Ten) now have lost two straight road games after winning their three previous games. The loss puts Iowa’s attempt at a fourth straight NCAA tournament berth in serious jeopardy. Iowa’s RPI was 99 entering the game, far below an NCAA at-large qualification. Even the NIT might be a stretch unless Iowa can win at least three of its final five Big Ten games.
Michigan State improves to 15-10 overall and 7-5 in Big Ten play.
Guard Peter Jok struggled as a shooter but he had eight assists and five rebounds to go along with his 13 points. Freshman Tyler Cook also had 13 points to pace the Hawkeyes.
Iowa point guard Jordan Bohannon picked up a pair of quick fouls in the first half and played only six minutes before halftime. He struggled to get into the flow of the game and missed all eight of his field-goal attempts, include six from 3-point range. Iowa hit only four of 21 3s in the game.
— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) February 11, 2017
Who is next
Iowa reaches its second bye slot in the midweek, then plays host to Illinois at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday (BTN). The Illini beat the Hawkeyes 76-64 earlier this month in Champaign.
— Hawkeyes Mic (@HawkeyesMic) February 12, 2017