IOWA CITY – Maybe they should have let the weather call this game off, instead, Iowa took the floor and got beat by lowly 31-point underdog Eastern Illinois Wednesday afternoon at home, 92-83.
Filip Rebraca scored a game and team-best 24 points, recording 20 points or more for the third time in four games, but it wasn’t enough for Iowa. The Hawkeyes started the game with an 18-4 run and led 45-37 at the half. Patrick McCaffery posted his first career double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing a game and career-high 13 rebounds.
However, Eastern Illinois, a 31.5 point underdog coming into the game, clawed back to within 1 point at the 16:17 mark of the game. They took the lead with over 14 minutes to go and out rebounded Iowa 42-38. Eastern Illinois shot 72 percent from the field in the second half to erase the eight-point halftime deficit.
Payton Sandfort netted 18 points, reaching double figures for the fourth time this season and second straight game. Guard Ahron Ulis and forward Patrick McCaffery both went 0-7 from 3-point range, adding to Iowa’s woes. Iowa also missed 12 free throws.
Today was just Iowa’s sixth nonconference home loss in 89 games, dating back to 2012.
Forward Kris Murray (19.4 ppg & 10.1 rpg) missed his fourth straight game due to injury, while G/F Connor McCaffery (7.5 ppg & 4.0 rpg) did not play today due to injury.
Iowa (8-4, 0-1) will resume conference play on Thursday, Dec. 29, at Nebraska (7-6, 0-2). Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT) at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.