The Iowa Hawkeyes trimmed an 11 point Michigan lead to three in the closing minutes but that’s as close as they would get in a 75-67 loss as they dropped their second Big Ten game of the season. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says the Hawks needed a better start to set the tone.
“I think when you come on the road like this, you want to play better at the start of the game. We had four insane turnovers early,” McCaffery says. They Hawkeyes turned the ball over 14 times and he says you have to have 10 or less turnovers to win on the road.
Iowa made on two three pointers in the game and the Hawkeyes depth did not show up but McCaffery says there were some positives with the way they played. “I think we can look at this constructively and get better from it,” McCaffery says. Aaron White scored 15 of his 17 points in the second and Melsahn Basabe had 15 of his 17 points in the opening half.
Sophomore guard Nik Stauskas equaled his career high with 26 points as the Wolverines won their eighth straight game and improved to 6-0 in the Big Ten. “He had it in him tonight and you’ve got to give him credit for that,” Besabe says.
Iowa falls to 4-2 in the league race and 14-4 overall.