Feb. 23, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Saturday's 64-60 road loss at Nebraska was a game that got away from the University of Iowa men's basketball team.
"I hope the fans are very disappointed, they should be extremely disappointed," said UI head coach Fran McCaffery. "I hope they are absolutely sick to their stomachs like I am."
After leading by 19 points in the first half and by 16 points at the break, the Huskers outscored Iowa, 39-19, in the second half. Dylan Talley propelled Nebraska to the win with a 3-pointer with 9.5 seconds remaining, which snapped Iowa's three-game winning streak.
"In the locker room we talked about the first four minutes, coming out and making a statement to put the game away," said sophomore Aaron White. "They made some plays, but you can't give up 62 percent and 39 points in the second half. That will get you beat on most nights.
"It was a tough second half. Down the stretch, I don't think we played as confidently as we should have."
Trailing 41-25 at the break, the Huskers opened the second half with a 12-4 run to cut the lead to single digits (45-37). Iowa led 51-40 with 12:04 remaining before Nebraska used a 10-3 run to trim the deficit to 53-50 won a pair of Shavon Sheilds' free throws with 7:19 remaining. Consecutive jumpers by junior Roy Devyn Marble put Iowa back up five at 55-50 and 57-52 with 4:48 to play, but the Huskers followed with eight straight points to take a 60-57 lead with 1:43 to play.
Coming out of a timeout, White drained a 3-pointer with 1:26 remaining to tie the game at 60. After missing a field goal to take the lead, Nebraska got the ball back with 44 seconds left following an offensive foul on Marble.
Talley then connected on the dagger.
With the game clock under 10 seconds, the guard took freshman Mike Gesell in a one-on-one situation, crossed him up and fired a 3-pointer from the top of the key to propel the Huskers to the win. Ray Gallegos then made 1-of-2 free throws with two seconds left to seal the win.
The game was Iowa's eighth decided by four points or less.
"I am kind of tired of people saying we're young and next year, this and that," said White. "We're talented enough to do things this year. These are tough experiences, but I think we're going to get better from it."
Marble paced the Hawkeyes with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting. White tallied a double-double with 15 points, making 8-of-10 free throw attempts, and 13 rebounds, while senior Eric May had 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting.
Iowa shot 36.2 percent (21-of-58) from the field and was 5-of-15 (33.3 percent) from 3-point range. The Hawkeyes also were 13-of-15 from the free throw stripe. Nebraska made 26-of-56 attempts to shoot 46.4 percent, and it was 5-of-14 (35.7 percent) from long distance and 7-of-14 from the charity stripe. Iowa won the rebounding battle, 41-35.
Four Nebraska players finished in double figures with Talley leading the way with 18 points on 8-of-18 shooting. Shields scored 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, while Brandon Ubel and Gallegos had 12 and 11 points, respectively.
White and Gesell got the Hawkeyes off to a quick start, leading Iowa to a 10-4 lead at the 15:32 mark. After Nebraska fought back to within one (12-11), the Hawkeyes went on a 14-2 run to double up Nebraska, 26-13.
With the score 32-22 with 2:39 left in the half, Iowa used three consecutive 3-pointers to break open a 41-22 advantage. May's long ball at the 2:13 mark opened the spurt before Marble hit back-to-back 3-point field goals to break open a 19-point advantage.
Nebraska closed out the half by scoring eight of the final 10 points to close the gap to 41-25 at the half. The Hawkeyes shot 43.8 percent (14-of-32) from the floor, including a 4-of-7 mark (57.1 percent) and a 9-of-9 effort from the free throw stripe. The Huskers shot 34.4 percent (11-of-32) from the field, 2-of-8 from long range (25 percent) and 1-of-5 from the free throw line.
Iowa (17-10, 6-8) returns to action Wednesday, hosting Purdue at 7:36 p.m. (CT) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.