Iowa runs #11 Excel H Sports Indiana Men’s Basketball out of its own building

Iowa runs #11 Excel H Sports Indiana Men’s Basketball out of its own building

By Nick Jenkinson/Excel H Sports

After a big win Saturday Night in West Lafayette over its archrival Purdue to sweep the season series. The #11 Excel H Sports Indiana Hoosiers had a tough time Tuesday Night in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall losing to the Iowa Hawkeyes 90-68.  The Hawkeyes sweep the season series with the Hoosiers and Improve to 19-11 overall and 11-8 in the Big Ten while the Hoosiers drop to 20-10 overall and 11-8 in the Big Ten.  Indiana Head Coach Mike Woodson was not pleased with how this team played a big win over their archrival.   “Not really happy, we left our game in West Lafayette and that was unacceptable, and I apologize to our fans for that performance” Woodson said after the game.  Iowa has owned Indiana winning the last four matchups and scoring over 80 points in each game.

Iowa was led in scoring by Kris Murray with 26 points going 9-16 from the field, 5-8 from three-point range and 3-5 from the free throw line. Indianapolis native Tony Perkins scored 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Perkins who played at Lawrence North HS went 7-12 from the field, 1-2 from three-point range and 8-10 from the free throw line. Filip Rebraca and Payton Sandfort added 16 points apiece. Iowa went 13-23 from three-point range for 56% and the Hoosiers had no answer for the hot shooting Hawkeyes. Iowa was 30-54 from the field for 55% and 17-25 from the free throw line for 68%. Iowa pulled down 39 rebounds, dished 19 assists, 4 blocks, 1 steal and committed 10 turnovers.

Indiana had 26 points and 13 Points from Trayce Jackson-Davis, and he became the all-time leading rebounder in IU basketball history passing Alan Henderson who had 1,091 rebounds from 1991-1995. Jackson-Davis broke the record on his 9th rebound which came halfway in the second half. Malik Reneau added 10 points. Jalen Hood Schifino who scored 33 points at Purdue was held to 8 points and had 5 rebounds along with 2 assists. Indiana was 25-58 from the field for 43%, 2-11 from three-point range for 18% and 16-20 from the free throw line for 80%. Indiana pulled down 27 rebounds, dished 11 assists, 8 steals 1 block and committed 10 turnovers.

Iowa jumped out to 8-0 lead after Kris Murray drilled back-to-back three pointers and Filip Rebraca hit a layup. Indiana Head Coach Mike Woodson called time out. Race Thompson scored to make it 8-2 before Murray hit a jumper and Rebraca hit two free throws to make it 12-2 Iowa with 17:04 left. The Hoosiers cut the lead down to 4 points at 24-20 when Trayce Jackson-Davis got a layup at the 9:57 mark. The Hawkeyes extended the lead to 14 with 6:30 left before the break. The Hoosiers could not get the lead under double digits trailing 43-26 at 4:30 mark and went into the locker room down 47-36 at half.  In the second half Trayce Jackson-Davis opened with a dunk as the Hoosiers as Iowa led by 9 points. Kris Murray drilled a three pointer to go up by 12 when Race Thompson scored to cut the Hawkeyes lead to 10 points. The Hawkeyes went on an 11-0 run and led by 21 and put the game away. Indiana got down by 25 points trailing 71-46 with 10:13 left and got no closer than 19 points on three different occasions. Iowa extended the led to 25 on a Payton Sandfort three pointer with 1:26 left. Tamar Bates hit two free throws and Malik Reneau added one to cut the lead down 22 with 1:15 left. Josh Dix drilled a three to extend the Hawkeye lead back to 25 with 46 seconds left. Kaleb Banks hit a three with 38 seconds left to end the scoring.

Indiana will look to bounce back on Sunday Afternoon when they host Michigan at 4:30pm.   It will be Senior day for Xavier Johnson, Race Thompson and Miller Kopp who are out of eligibility. Trayce Jackson-Davis has announced he will not return for his fifth season and prepare for the NBA Draft. Walk-ons Michael Shipp and Nathan Childress are seniors by class but could come back for another year if they chose too.  The Hoosiers are fighting for a bye in next week’s Big Ten Tournament in Chicago but with the standings so tight with several teams there is a lot of work to do to end the regular season on a positive note.

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