IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa’s inexperience showed up at both ends of the floor in a 91-83 loss to Seton Hall on Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes (2-1) struggled to defend the Pirates (3-0) driving the basket for much of the second half and fell into their own scoring lapses. The teams met in the second installment of the annual Gavitt Games featuring teams from the Big Ten and Big East conferences.
You have to see this ridiculous dunk by Iowa's Tyler Cook.
Oh, and he's a freshman. ?https://t.co/XOLbCfvdRG
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 18, 2016
WHY: Iowa failed to get defensive stops at critical junctures in the second half. After cutting the Pirates’ lead to 60-59 with 9:16 left, Iowa gave up points on five consecutive possessions and fell behind 70-63. Then after trimming the deficit to 5 points, Iowa gave up a 5-0 run to fall behind by 10. That was too much to overcome.
WHAT IT MEANS: Iowa needs plenty of work on the defensive end. Seton Hall shot 50.8 percent from the floor and barely missed in the second half at 65.5 percent. The Hawkeyes were also brutal from the free-throw line, making just 19 of 32 free throws.
WHO STARRED: Iowa senior Peter Jok set a personal high with 30 points. He was 11 of 21 from the floor and grabbed 11 rebounds as well. Freshman Tyler Cook was a scoring machine in his first big-time game at Iowa. Cook put up 24 points in a variety of ways and shot 9 of 15 from the field.
T Cook will embarrass some guys in the B1G this year with that left hand.
— Wade Lookingbill (@WadeLookingbill) November 18, 2016
WHO STUMBLED: The entire team from the free-throw line. Missing 13 of 32 free throws in inexcusable. Cook was the biggest culprit, making just 5 of 12.
WHO WAS THERE: Former Iowa men’s basketball players Mike Gatens, Matt Gatens and Glenn Vidnovic attended the game. Iowa football player Matt Nelson also took in the action.
WHO IS NEXT: Iowa plays Texas-Rio Grande Valley at 4:35 p.m. (CT) Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) November 18, 2016