Iowa Beats Indiana Behind 3rd-Largest Comeback in Program History [PHOTOS/VIDEO]
The Indiana Hoosiers scored 28 points in the first 6 minutes and 28 seconds Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Just over one minute later, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery received a technical foul. What would follow would become the third-largest comeback win in the history of the Iowa program.
Thursday night was, obviously, an ugly beginning. Iowa, which started its men's basketball program in 1901, trailed Indiana 28-7 at the 13:32 mark of the first half.
After a Payton Sandfort layup a little more than a minute later cut the Hoosiers lead to 15, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery erupted. The Hawkeye head man was upset a foul wasn't called on the Sandfort shot, as well as other Iowa attempts on the offensive end. That was likely only part of it. Iowa's defense to that point had been shoddy, at best. McCaffery's technical seemed to wake up the team.
*Iowa's Connor McCaffery (30), Kris Murray (24), Payton Sandfort (20), and Ahron Ulis (1) battle for a rebound.
*Indiana's Race Thompson injured his right knee late in the first half and did not return.
Iowa ended up trailing Indiana by just 10 at halftime and fell behind by 13 in the first couple of minutes of the 2nd half. By the 11:35 mark, Iowa had taken their first lead of the game, 63-61. It would be tight the rest of the way with Iowa winning 91-89, on the 40th anniversary of the first basketball game inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
*Iowa was led in scoring by Kris Murray (24), who had 30.
*Filip Rebraca (0) added 19, Connor McCaffery 16, Payton Sandfort 11, and Tony Perkins had 10.
The 21-point comeback by Iowa was the 3rd largest in the history of Iowa men's basketball. Here are the top three:
- 23 points versus Gardner-Webb on November 17, 2012
- 22 points at Illinois on January 14, 1987
- 21 points versus Indiana on January 5, 2023
Next up for Iowa (9-6 overall, 1-3 in the Big Ten) is a game Sunday morning at Rutgers (11-4 overall, 3-1 in the Big Ten). Tipoff is 11:01 a.m. on Big Ten Network.
Late in Thursday night's game, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery seemed to be upset that one of the officials was speaking with an Indiana assistant coach. McCaffery went to the Indiana side of the court, near the bench, and appeared to receive a second technical foul, which would have sent him to the showers. In the end, the technical was not assessed.
*Iowa coach Fran McCaffery is restrained by staff members in the second half.
Afterward, Woodson showed his extreme disdain for what happened.