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RECAP: Notre Dame 92, Iowa 78

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Things were close for a while, but got out of hand in a hurry.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

After Iowa was able to keep this one competitive for the majority of the game, this one got out of hand, and it got out of hand in a hurry. For the first time since the 2010-11 season, Iowa has a losing record and now sits at 3-4 on the young season after suffering their third straight loss, all coming this week.

Iowa went into halftime down by two after going on a 13-0 run to end the first half, and were able to lead by as many as two in the second half before Notre Dame went on a 10-0 run in the second half to take a lead that they would never relinquish. It wasn’t ideal by any means, but the young Hawks showed plenty of fight until the end of the game.

Jordan Bohannon and Cordell Pemsl had absolute great games in the absense of Tyler Cook, who missed his first of what will likely be many after suffering a hand injury while the team was in Florida. The two combined for 41 of Iowa’s 78 points and were pretty efficient in this one, which is a great sign that they’re maturing quickly.

Pemsl scored 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting and was an absolute monster in the paint in this one - he absolutely abused Colson for ten straight points during the second half and frustrated him to the point of a technical foul. The only problem? He drew one of his own and they cancelled out. Bohannon was less efficient, but still shot 7-of-15 from 3-point range and made some deep, deep three-pointers to keep Iowa in this one. JoBo also dished out seven assists and only turned the ball over once, which is definite progress for him.

Peter Jok, the team’s senior leader, was surprisingly pretty much nonexistent for long periods of time in this game, and that’s ultimately what probably dug Iowa’s grave. Jok scored 15 points, but went a dismal 4-of-20 from the field, including 2-of-11 from 3-point range, and that inefficient play doomed the Hawkeyes in this one. If he could’ve just made five more of those baskets, this one would’ve definitely been a game late. Alas, things didn’t turn out that way.

Some things that Iowa will definitely need to improve upon if they want to win more games this season, as I could probably write many paragraphs on this but will spare you all the reading:

  • Notre Dame shot 47.3% from the field, while Iowa shot 38%.
  • Iowa went 12-of-16 from the charity stripe, good for 75%. That’s not awful, except Notre Dame shot 91% and shot 30-of-33. Gotta keep them off the line!
  • Iowa was out-rebounded 45 to 34. Not as bad as previous games, but it seemed a lot worse prior to looking up the stats.
  • Ellingson went -26 in the +/- category. The only Iowa player that came out positive? Isaiah Moss!! Bet you didn’t expect that one.

All-in-all, Iowa is going to get better. Pemsl and Bohannon made themselves into legitimate threats, while Jok isn’t going to play this poorly in the future. Cook will come back right around the Iowa State game, and hopefully beforehand, because I’m not sure Iowa stands a chance against the Cyclones without him.

Up next? Nebraska (Omaha) on Saturday. Time to get back in the win column.