IU gets even with Iowa

IU gets even with Iowa

By Bob Hammel, Sunday Herald-Times

February 22, 1987

From the February 22, 1987 Bloomington Herald-Telephone

Indiana, the only 22-2 team in America getting psychoanalysis from coast-to-coast the last few days in puzzlement over what was wrong, sent its critics shrinking away Saturday.

The Hoosiers won a battle of Big Ten titans from Iowa 84-75, at Assembly Hall. Indiana improved to 14-1 in Big Ten play with three games left, awaiting runner-up Purdue’s game at Illinois Monday night to see whether the Hoosiers will go to West Lafayette Thursday night with a one- or two-game lead. Iowa joined Illinois at four league losses.

Indiana’s winning margin – though lots bigger than the 2-, 1- and 2-point edges the Hoosiers had their last three times out over the league’s bottom three teams – was not quite so large as Iowa’s in a 101-85 victory the first time the teams met (Jan. 22 at Iowa City). In truth, the Hoosiers’ route to victory was a bit more comfortable than Iowa’s, though comfort is not a state achieved very often by opponents of the hard-running, hard-pressing, hard-to-wear-down group that first-year Hawkeye coach Tom Davis sics on same.

From the February 22, 1987 Bloomington Herald-Telephone

Indiana led by 19 points at halftime and by as much as 23 points early in the second half without ever achieving true comfort. With good reason. Illinois had Iowa down by 19 points at halftime and by 22 early in the second half of a game the Hawkeyes wound up winning 3 at Champaign a month ago.

This time, Iowa never got the margin closer than the 9 of the finish, never getting there till the last minute of play.

“Some teams will give you great intensity for five minutes and then they’ll fold up,” Davis said.

“We’ve fought through that before but we couldn’t today. Indiana just sustained it. Indiana didn’t let up until the game was over.

“I don’t know if that’s as great as they have played, but they sure gave a tremendous effort. That’s how it looked from my bench. I thought they were really working about as hard as you could expect a club to work.”

And from Indiana coach Bob Knight’s bench: “We had an effort from our guys that we had to be pleased with. If I were coaching Iowa, I’d have to be pleased with the effort coming back the second half.”

The game blew open late in the first half. Both teams started squeaky-tight, the score 2-2 after three minutes, 11 shots and three turnovers.

Iowa, with former Brebeuf star Jeff Moe storming off the bench to score seven points in 2 1/2 minutes, led 9-8 when Daryl Thomas – with 21 points a standout for the fourth game in a row – converted a Dean Garrett pass into the basket that put Indiana ahead for good.

From the February 22, 1987 Bloomington Herald-Telephone

It was 12-11 when Steve Alford hit Thomas for two straight baskets, the second a three-point play.

Alford, shaking his three-game shooting slump with a 24-point performance, widened the lead himself with a jump shot at 12:42. The score was 21-15 when Indiana capitalized on a break. Brad Lohaus, Iowa’s 7-foot senior forward, engulfed Thomas on an attempted in-bounds pass from Indiana’s baseline. The deflection went straight to Garrett, who passed to Alford so quickly he caught Iowa defenders spinning. Deadly as an executioner, Alford swished a three-point shot and Indiana was out to a 24-15 lead.

Keith Smart, who contributed four baskets and some quick zone penetration to the early Hoosier charge, followed with another three-point basket for a 27-17 Indiana lead. Iowa pulled back within 27-21 before Indiana put together a seven-point run that included nine straight scoreless possessions for Iowa.

“I think you’ve got to give them credit,” Davis said.

“They just disrupted our flow and continuity. There was always a guy with his hand up, maybe moving our guy out a little bit further than he wanted to shoot from, and hurrying the shot.

“I think that’s the sign of a real good defensive ball club. They played great defense today.”

Indiana kept the pressure on to pull out to a 43-27 hold the ball for a final shot before halftime – and get a three-pointer from Alford to go in at an apogee, up 46-27.

Thomas had three baskets and Alford another three-pointer as Indiana ran its lead up to 59-36 with just over 15 minutes remaining.

The lead eroded, but not flood-style. It still was 74-53, after a dunk and two later free throws by Thomas, and the clock was under five minutes when Iowa put together a nine-point burst.

That made it 74-62 with 3:20 left, when Indiana’s Rick Calloway, head of the bulk of the Iowa defense after quick Hoosier passes beat the Hawkeye press, banked in a soft 10-foot shot to blunt the Iowa charge.

The score was 82-68 after another Thomas dunk when the game entered its last minute. With 15 seconds left, Knight pulled seniors Thomas and Alford to a standing roar from the day’s 17,343 spectators.

From the February 22, 1987 Bloomington Herald-Telephone

Because of foul trouble, Indiana got only 25 minutes of play from its game-ending hero of the week’s first two victories, center Dean Garrett. However, Garrett led both teams with 9 rebounds as Indiana, embarrassed 46-19 on the backboards in the teams’ first game, battled the nation’s top rebounding team to a near-standoff this time: 39-37, in Iowa’s favor.

The key point, Knight said in analyzing the difference between IU-Iowa I and II, was “that we can’t get outrebounded 46-19. When we didn’t today, that had to be an asset to us.”

Smart had 17 points and Calloway 10 for Indiana, which also got a 7-point relief performance from guard Joe Hillman.

Roy Marble, Iowa’s 6-foot-5 sophomore standout who had taken only six three-point shots all year and hit just one going into the Saturday game, sank three out of four from long range in the late-game charge and finished with 20 points to lead Iowa (23-4). Lohaus added 16 and Moe 13.

Indiana’s remaining games are at Purdue (8:05 p.m. Thursday, Ch. 4), at Illinois (2:05 p.m. Sunday, ABC) and at home against Ohio State (Saturday, March 7 – starting time yet to be TV determined).

Iowa is at home to Michigan State and Michigan this week, then on the road for Northwestern and Wisconsin the year-closing week. Purdue follows its Illinois and Indiana games with a home game against Ohio State, then final-week road games at Michigan State and Michigan. Illinois has the same season-ending assignments as Purdue.

IOWA (75)
Marble 7-15 3-4 6 20
Lohaus 7-13 0-1 6 16
Wright 1-4 1-2 8 3
Gamble 2-5 2-3 4 6
Armstrong 2-6 5-7 3 9
Moe 5-7 2-3 0 13
Jones 0-2 0-0 1 0
Lorenzen 2-2 0-1 1 4
Horton 1-4 0-0 3 2
Hill 1-2 0-0 2 2
Reaves 0-0 0-0 0 0
Totals 28-60 13-21 39 75
Calloway 3-8 4-5 5 10
Thomas 9-18 3-5 5 21
Garrett 2-6 1-3 9 5
Alford 8-15 4-4 0 24
Smart 7-14 2-2 6 17
Hillman 2-2 2-2 3 7
Eyl 0-1 0-1 3 0
Meier 0-0 0-0 1 0
Smith 0-0 0-0 1 0
Sloan 0-0 0-0 0 0
Totals 31-64 16-22 37 84
Iowa 27 48 – 75
Indiana 46 38 – 84
Attendance: 17,343