The Purdue Boilermakers had an answer for every single run the Iowa men’s basketball team put together on Wednesday night. And every time the Hawkeyes looked like they were going to get an advantage, Purdue hit big shot after big shot after big shot.
The big shots is what Iowa failed to come up with in the second half as the Boilermakers ended the Hawkeyes’ three-game winning streak, beating Iowa, 79-76, in Iowa City at Carver Hawkeye Arena.
The game featured four times and four lead changes, but Iowa never lead in the second half. The Hawkeyes managed to tie the score at 52 with 14:40 to play following a long ball from junior Eric May.
Iowa then managed to cut the lead to one two other times and had several chances late in the game to surge ahead, but the Hawkeyes just couldn’t come up with the big shot when they needed it.
Sophomore Roy Devyn Marble had a game-high 17 points and six assists and also had zero turnovers to lead Iowa, which dropped to 8-6 on the season. Sophomore Melsahn Basabe added 14 points and eight rebounds, while senior Matt Gatens contributed 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.
The Hawkeyes hit just three 3-pointers in the game but held a big advantage at the foul line, making 21-of-29 in the contest. It was a good game offensively, overall, as Iowa shot 47 percent from the field and had just 10 turnovers.
Purdue was just better in clutch situations, and the Boilermakers had the best player on the court in Robbie Hummel, who finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Purdue (11-3) also got 14 points off the bench from D.J. Byrd and 12 points from Kelsey Barlow.
The Boilermakers made half of their field goal attempts, went 7-for-11 from the line, scored 34 bench points and turned it over just seven times.
Iowa trailed 45-39 at halftime but managed to keep the game close throughout. The Hawkeyes upset Purdue last season in the final home game of the year for Iowa. The Boilermakers were ranked No. 6 overall in the game.
Also turning in good games for Iowa was junior Eric May and senior Bryce Cartwright. May finished with nine points and six rebounds, while Cartwright, the backup point guard, added eight points and four assists.
The Hawkeyes will try to get back on track Saturday when they travel to Wisconsin to face the Badgers at noon. Wisconsin is 12-2 and ranked No. 11 in the nation.