IOWA CITY, Iowa — After twice rallying from 11-point deficits, the Iowa men’s basketball team struggled to mount much of an offensive effort in overtime Sunday. And it was costly.
The Hawkeyes (19-15) lost to TCU, 94-92, in the second round of the NIT at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, seeing their season end while the Horned Frogs (21-15) advance to the NIT quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Even in overtime, the Hawkeyes rallied from a 5-point deficit with 14.5 seconds left to get within 2 with less than 10 seconds on the clock. Iowa freshman Cordell Pemsl had an open shot from the free-throw line, but the ball hit the front of the rim as the buzzer sounded.
How it happened
The first half was a blur of intensity. There were technical fouls, coaching shouting matches, fiery timeout huddles and fierce arguments with officials. There also were multiple runs and high-level offense.
Iowa shot 59.3 percent, while TCU hit 51.4 percent of its shots. But the Hawkeyes struggled to take care of the ball with 12 turnovers before halftime, which led to 21 TCU points. That was the difference between Iowa dominating the the half and trailing 44-40.
Before halftime, Iowa out-rebounded TCU by 5 and hit 7 of 14 3-pointers. But those turnovers were a killer.
TCU started the second half strong, scoring the first 5 points to lead 49-40. The Horned Frogs built their lead to 55-44 but Iowa stormed back with a Peter Jok 3-pointer, followed by a Jordan Bohannon 4-point play to cut the deficit to 4 points.
But the Horned Frogs kept coming and showed poise, even in a raucous environment, and twice took 11-point leads. Iowa rallied each time. TCU led 75-64 with 9:20 left then 81-75 inside of 4 minutes remaining. Iowa rallied the second time with a Tyler Cook dunk, a Jok jumper and conventional 3-point play from Cook to take an 82-81 lead.
After a flagrant 1 foul by Iowa’s Nicholas Baer, TCU’s Desmond Bane hit 1 of 2 free throws to tie the game. Vladimir Brodziansky then put the Horned Frogs up 84-82 with 25.8 seconds left.
Cook scored inside with 8 seconds left to knot the game at 84-84. TCU took possession and Iowa called timeout with 4.6 seconds remaining. Bane’s 3-point attempt sailed wide of the basket to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, the teams traded baskets in the first minute. Then TCU’s Kenrich Williams and Alex Robinson each scored to put the Horned Frogs up 90-86. TCU led by 6 with 24 seconds left and 5 with 14.5 seconds remaining. Bohannon hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to cut Iowa’s deficit to 94-92. TCU’s Chris Washburn missed 2 free throws to give Iowa the ball with 6.9 seconds left. But Iowa’s perimeter shooters were well-defended, leaving Pemsl open. His shot fell short.
What it means for Iowa basketball
Iowa’s season ends at 19-15 overall. Jok’s Iowa career ends with 1,508 career points.
Bohannon led the Hawkeyes with 25 points had his third straight double-double in points and assists (13). Jok (22 points) scored more than 20 points for the 15th time this season.
Iowa’s free-throw shooting left plenty to be desired. The Hawkeyes shot 8 of 19 from the free-throw line (all in regulation), but connected on 16 of 30 3-point attempts. Go figure.
Who is next
TCU plays at 6 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. ET Tuesday against the winner of Richmond and Oakland.
— Hawkeyes Mic (@HawkeyesMic) March 19, 2017