The Iowa Hawkeyes are looking forward to having eight of their next nine games at home. The Hawks closed a five game road trip with their fourth straight loss in a 69-65 setback at Virginia Tech as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Iowa coach Steve Alford says it’s been a long and difficult road trip and they would have liked to get more wins, but he says there have been bright spots. The Hawks trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half before they roared back to make a game of it.

Alford says it was good to get out of the game with a little confidence, even thought hey didn’t get the win. The Hawkeyes are now 2-4 on the season and host their own tournament beginning Friday night.

Adam Haluska led Iowa with 24 points but had to leave the game in the waning seconds after suffering an ankle injury.