A furious second half rally came up short as the Iowa Hawkeyes fell at sixth ranked Michigan State 70-63. Trailing by 19 midway through the second half the Hawks roared back and got to within 64-61 after a three by Matt Gatens with just over two minutes remaining, but could get no closer.
Gatens led the Hawks with 17 points as they fall to 1-5 in the Big Ten and 7-12 overall. Raymar Morgan scored 16 points as the Spartan improve to 7-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1978.
Iowa State’s second half rally came up short at Texas tech 78-71 in big 12 action. it was I.S.U.’s first game without junior guard Lucca Staiger who quit to squad to return to Germany.
Cyclone coach Greg McDermott says some players came off the bench and did some good things. He says he’s not displeased with the effort, but their execution at times left something to be desired. McDermott says he’s proud the team didn’t quit after some rough times.
The Cyclones are 1-2 in the Big 12 and 112-6 overall. They return home this weekend to take on Kansas.
Drake has now won four in a row, the Bulldogs won at evansville 72-65 to improve their Missouri Valley Conference record to 4-4.