March 19, 2014
By JAMES ALLAN
DAYTON, Ohio -- Tennessee outscored the University of Iowa men's basketball team 14-1 in overtime to post a 78-65 victory and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday night in a First Four matchup at the University of Dayton Arena.
"I don't think we ran out of gas, we made some key mistakes down the stretch that hurt us, and they put the ball in the hoop," said sophomore Adam Woodbury, who finished with a career-high 16 points. "They're a talented team and we came up short tonight. I feel terrible for the seniors that we couldn't get them a win, but we'll be back next year."
Leading 57-52 with 4:40 to play, the Volunteers scored seven straight points, including a 3-pointer by Antonio Barton at the 3:07 mark to take a 59-57 lead -- Tennessee's first of the game. Senior Roy Devyn Marble tied the game at 59 seven seconds later and his "and-one" gave the Hawkeyes a 60-59 lead with 2:58 to play.
After three lead changes, the Volunteers pushed their lead to 64-62 with 25 seconds remaining after Jarnell Stokes hit 1-of-2 free throws. Marble drove the floor and connected on a jumper just inside the free throw line with 18 seconds left, tying the game at 64.
Tennessee held for the final shot, but Jordan McRae's jumper at the end of regulation was off the mark, sending the game to overtime. The Vols' struck first in the bonus period, courtesy of a Stokes three-point play and a layup by McRae to take a 69-64 lead.
Iowa's Aaron White converted 1-of-2 free throws to cut the deficit to 69-65 with 2:57 remaining, the free throw ended up being the Hawkeyes' lone point of OT. Tennessee made 9-of-10 free throws in the final 2:43 and out-scored Iowa 14-1 in the five minutes of bonus ball to run out 13 point winners.
The Hawkeyes finished the game shooting 41.4 percent (24-of-58) from the floor and 25 percent (4-of-16) from 3-point range. Iowa made 86.7 percent of its free throws, but attempted just 15 for the game. The Hawkeyes entered the contest averaging 27.6 attempts.
Iowa's reserves were superb, outscoring its Tennessee counterparts, 35-4. The problem was the reserves also outscored the Hawkeye starters, 35-30.
Woodbury was the only Iowa starter in double figures, with his 16 points coming on 8-of-11 shooting to go along with a team-high eight rebounds. Freshman Peter Jok also reached double figures, scoring 10 points, making 4-of-5 shots from the floor, including two 3-pointers.
Aside from Woodbury, Iowa's other four starters combined to go 4-of-26 from the floor. That included a 3-of-15 effort from Marble and a 1-of-5 performance from White.
Tennessee's numbers didn't wow anybody, as it shot 44.4 percent (24-of-54) from the floor and 23.8 percent (5-of-21) from 3-point range, but it made 25-of-30 free throws, including 10-of-11 in overtime. The Volunteers also won the rebounding battle, 37-30.
Four Volunteers reached double figures and all but four points came from Tennessee's starting five. McRae led all scorers with 20 points on 6-of-15 shooting, while Stokes posted a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Josh Richardson finished with 17 points and eight boards, while Barton added 10 points.
Making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006, the Hawkeyes got off to a stellar start, jumping out to an 8-0 lead over the first four-and-a-half minutes and using a pair of 3-pointers from reserves Zach McCabe and Josh Oglesby to stretch their lead to 16-4 at the 11:37 mark of the first half.
"Our defense was very much a part of our ability to get that lead," said UI head coach Fran McCaffery. "Our defense, rebounding, transition and execution were good. Our execution was good all night, we only had six turnovers, so we gave ourselves a chance.
"In the second half they got us on the glass, which is always your concern when you play this team in particular with the way they rebound the ball."
After the Volunteers cut the lead to 16-10 at the 11:01 mark, sophomore Jarrod Uthoff had back-to-back field goals to push the lead back to double digits (20-10) before Jok made it a 25-14 games with 6:32 remaining in the first half with five-straight Iowa points.
Tennessee managed to pull to within three points at the break, holding Iowa scoreless for the final 3:41 and scoring 10-of-12 points to close out the half. The Volunteers made the score 29-26 courtesy off-balance jumper from McRae as time expired. Iowa shot 52.3 percent (12-of-23), while Tennessee shot 38.5 percent (10-of-26).
The Hawkeyes pushed their lead to seven points courtesy of a pair of Woodbury layups coming out of the locker room before Tennessee spouted off six-straight to cut the lead to one. The Volunteers tied the game at 37 on a Richardson 3-pointer with 14:31 remaining.
Woodbury's layup immediately put Iowa back on top before a Jok 3-ball -- his second of the game -- put Iowa up 43-38 with 11:51 remaining. The Hawkeyes kept the Vols at an arm's length until the five-minute mark, when Tennessee scored seven straight to take its first lead of the game during crunch time.
The Hawkeyes finish the 2013-14 season with a 20-13 overall record.