BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA – Iowa trailed Auburn virtually the entire game, and a second-half comeback fell short for the Hawkeyes as they fell to the Tigers, 83-75.
Tonight was the first ever meeting between Iowa and Auburn in men’s basketball.
All-American Kris Murray tallied 15 points, a team bests in rebounds (9) and steals (2).
Payton Sandfort tallied a game-best 21 points, making multiple 3-pointers for the 12th time in the last 18 games. Sandfort netted 20+ points six times this season, second most on the squad (Kris Murray, 15).
Senior Filip Rebraca posted 14 points and seven rebounds in his final game as a Hawkeye. Rebraca reached double figures in scoring a team-best 28 times (33 games played).
Iowa had eight turnovers, its fewest in an NCAA Tournament game since March 18, 2016 (3 vs. Temple).
Iowa scored 49 second-half points, the most by a Hawkeye team in a half since scoring 49 in the first and second half versus Texas on March 19, 1992.
Iowa concludes its season 19-14 overall, tying for fifth place in the Big Ten with an 11-9 league record.