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Iowa drops close one to MSU, 59-56

logo_iowa_hawkeyesCHICAGO – Iowa lost its first game as the #6 seed in the Big Ten Tournament Friday, losing to Michigan State 59-56 despite leading for most of the game.

Iowa is 5-1 as the #6 seed and 15-14 overall at the Big Ten Tournament. Michigan State has defeated Iowa in the quarterfinals in back-to-back seasons.

Freshman Mike Gesell led Iowa in scoring with nine points. He has led Iowa in scoring five times this season.

Junior Melsahn Basabe had eight points and eight rebounds. Basabe led Iowa in rebounding nine times this season.

All 10 players who saw minutes for Iowa made at least one field goal. Iowa had a 24-2 advantage in bench points.

Iowa held Michigan State to 20 points in the first half. In the past six games, Iowa’s opponents have averaged just 24.5 points in the opening frame.

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