Iowa’s final game played out much like the Hawkeyes season: great start, bad finish.
“It’s kind of ironic – the way this game happened is the way our seasoned happened,” Aaron White said post-match.
Iowa scored the game’s first eight points, and had Tennessee down double digits, but the Vols closed the first half on a 10-2 run to pull within 3.
Adam Woodbury stood out for Iowa. He scored a career high 16 points, and former West Des Moines Valley (and Roosevelt) star Peter Jok pitched in with 10 from the bench, but they were the only Hawks in double digits. Iowa’s big three–Marble, White, and Gesell–combined for just 14 points.
Tennessee forced overtime, and in the OT, Iowa scored just 1 point. Tennessee scored 14. The Vols end Iowa’s once promising season 78-65.
The Hawks lose 7 of their final 8 games after being ranked as high as #10 in the nation back in January.
Iowa has now lost four straight NCAA tournament games, but did make the Big Dance for the first time in 8 years.
“It’s upsetting and disappointing. At the same time I’m not furious because I feel like I played hard and as a team we played hard but we came up short,” Devyn Marble said.
In better, and more important news, Fran McCaffery said surgery to remove a thyroid tumor from his son’s throat went really well. Patrick McCaffery turns 14 Thursday. Fran McCaffery took his son to surgery in the morning, waited to see that he was okay, and flew to Dayton in time for the game.
Iowa’s final record is 20-13.