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Iowa dealt crushing loss by short-handed Spartans, 71-69

This news story was published on January 28, 2014.
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IOWA CITY – The University Iowa campus was buzzing in the hours leading up to the much-anticipated showdown between the #7 Michigan State Spartans and the #15 Iowa Hawkeyes.  

The men in green, lead by their feisty head coach Tom Izzo, left Carver-Hawkeye Arena with a victory as Iowa just couldn’t shake the short-handed Spartans, who were missing two of their top players.

Iowa had chances to put MSU away, but missed 13 free throws out of a whopping 43 tries, allowing Michigan State to stay in the game and battle.  The big-game-tested Spartans hit several big shots, while Iowa missed open looks, going just 37% from the floor.

Devyn Marble lead Iowa with 21 points.  Aaron White had 10 points but just one field goal and point guard Mike Gessell missed several open shots, hitting on just one-of-six from the floor.

The game went into overtime, and Iowa let MSU get the lead and couldn’t recover.

After the game, Izzo said he was impressed with the atmosphere at Carver.

“Carver was back to the way it was when Tom Davis was here. It was rocking,” he said.

Iowa falls to 16-5 overall and 5-4 in the conference.  MSU improves to 19-2 and 8-1 in the conference.

Iowa travels to Champaign, Ill., to take on Illinois on Feb. 1. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (CT) on BTN.


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