NCAAB Game Recap - Iowa at Nebraska
Tue Jan 7, 2020 9:00 PM EST

Baylor
57
TxTch
52
F
OhSt
55
MD
67
F
Mia-FL
58
Lou
74
F
KY
78
UGA
69
F
Vill
64
Crei
59
F
UVA
53
BC
60
F
PSU
61
Rut
72
F
Hou
78
Temp
74
F
SoFL
59
ECU
62
F
Prov
81
Marq
80
F(OT)
Tenn
69
Mizzu
59
F
Rider
61
Quin
80
F
Fla
81
SCar
68
F
E MI
68
Ohio
74
F
Toled
77
Kent
84
F
(N/A)
68
Corn
100
F
NIU
67
CenMI
68
F
(N/A)
53
Brown
79
F
MiaO
76
BGSU
78
F
Buff
68
Ball
88
F
W MI
69
Akr
84
F
Valpa
50
SIU
63
F
IndSt
60
NrthIA
68
F
MOSt
67
IlSt
63
F
VaTec
67
Syr
63
F
TCU
59
KansSt
57
F
Miss
47
TexAM
57
F
Iowa
70
Nebras
76
F
LoyIL
62
Drake
65
F
UtSt
60
AF
79
F
Fres
64
NM
78
F

Nebraska 76, Iowa 70

Jan 7, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Iowa (10-5)

31

39

70

Nebraska (7-8)

38

38

76

Nebraska denies road-weary Iowa's comeback bid, 76-70
Wed Jan 8, 2020 12:35 AM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) After falling to Rutgers on Friday, Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg put together a game plan aimed not only at defeating Iowa but shaking off the disappointing loss.

Tuesday Hoiberg's Huskers executed that plan to near perfection, building a double-digit first half lead, then holding off a second-half Hawkeye comeback to take a 76-70 win.

"It was exactly what we worked on the last few days and guys went out, really bought into the game plan and believed in it," Hoiberg said. "I'm really proud of the guys... To come out and play with that type of intensity and effort after that disappointing last home game, you know, says a lot about our guys and hopefully it's one that we can build on."

Nebraska (7-8, 2-2 Big Ten) led by seven at the half, but saw Iowa (10-5, 1-3) come back to take its only lead of the game on Joe Weiskamp's 3-pointer that made the score 51-50 with 12:40 remaining.

The Huskers pushed the lead back to five on Kevin Cross' dunk with 7:22 left only to see Iowa tie the score at 59 on another Weiskamp 3-pointer at the 5:19 mark.

Thorir Thorbjarnson hit a pair of 3-pointers in a 10-3 Nebraska spurt that put the Huskers up 69-62 on Cam Mack's layup with 1:47 left. The Hawkeyes got no closer than four the rest of the way.

Nebraska opened up a 12-point first-half lead on Haanif Cheatam's free throws with 8:04 left as the Huskers swarming defense frustrated Luka Garza, Iowa's 6-foot-11 center and leading scorer, who didn't notch a point in the game's first 12 minutes.

Garza put up 9 points in the last 7:39 of the half and Iowa cut the Nebraska lead to three. But a late Husker flurry built the lead back to double digits and saw Nebraska up 38-31 at half.

"I think we did pretty good.," said Thorbjarnson, who led Nebraska with 17 points. "It also helped that they started 1 for 15 for three and ended 4 for 33. They weren't in rhythm and weren't making their shots.

"But I think our emphasis on letting certain guys shoot and packing the paint, closing out for Garza, I think, yeah, the game plan went perfectly. They had one run in the second half where I think they got up one. I think we led the rest of the way. We did a really good job not letting them back in again."

Iowa lost the game at the 3-point and free throw lines. The Hawkeyes hit just 4 of 33 3-point attempts and made just 2 of 5 free throws.

"We didn't shoot it well," said Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. "We didn't have a ton of turnovers. We had a few coming down the stretch. Defensively, we were not as good as we needed to be for 40 minutes. We were good at times. But we got worn down a little bit."

Nebraska made 10 of 26 3-pointers and hit 14 of 26 from the free throw line.

The Big Picture

Iowa -- Tuesday's game ended a stretch dating back to Nov. 28 in which Iowa played eight of 10 games away from home. Iowa will have traveled over 8,000 miles in six weeks when it gets back to Iowa City Tuesday night.

Nebraska -- Nebraska has struggled shooting 3-pointers this season, hitting just 33 percent of their 3-point attempts The Huskers warmed up from 3 in the first half, hitting 7 of 16 shots. Nebraska returned to form in the second half, hitting just 3 of 10 3-pointers.

Up Next

Iowa hosts No. 12 Maryland Friday

Nebraska travels to Northwestern Saturday.

Leaders

Iowa PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
R. Till 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Evelyn 0 0 2 0 0 1
Nebraska PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Kavas 0 0 1 0 0 1
T. Thorbjarnarson 17 0 1 9 2 0

Team Comparison

Iowa Nebras
Points For 70 76
Field Goals 32/77-42% 26/53-49%
Three Pointers 4/33-12% 10/26-38%
Free Throws 2/5-40% 14/26-54%
Offensive Rebounds 19 6
Defensive Rebounds 29 28
Rebounds 53 37
Blocks 3 1
Steals 6 7
Turnovers 11 11
Personal Fouls 20 14
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Nebras Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Jan 7 Iowa 70 @ Nebras 76 C. Pemsl 4 C. Easley 1

Game Information

Stadium: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska
Attendance: 14,722
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