Saturday, March 5, 2011

Iowa knocks off #6 Purdue 67-65 on Senior Day at Carver-Hawkeye Arena!

On Senior Day, Iowa lone senior player, Jarryd Cole finishes with a double-double, with 16 points and 10 rebounds to help spark the Hawkeyes upset of #6 Purdue. It is Iowa's first win over a Top 25 team in 25 games. Iowa's last win over a Top 25 program was in January 2008 over #6 Michigan State.

Fran McCaffery used duck tape much of the game, when Bryce Cartwright went out of the game early in the second half, with what appeared to be a muscle cramp behind his knee. Melsahn Basabe came alive in the second half, with a throw down dunk to open his second half scoring. Cole was Mister Consistent throughout the game basically doubling his typical scoring and rebounding totals.

Iowa lost the lead briefly in the second half, but pulled away keeping it between two and five points much of the way. But, various players stepped up ...

  • Roy Devyn Marble played the most at PG as Cartwright went to the locker room in the second half

  • Melsahn Basabe struggled in the first half only to get it going in the second, after the dunk

  • Jarryd Cole was Mr. Consistent and showed he was the heart of the team for Iowa

  • Matt Gatens drove to the hoop, when his outside shot continued to struggle

  • Eric May rebounded, defended, passed and drove

  • Zach McCabe provided relief off the bench as a freshman

  • Andrew Brommer made a huge dunk off a Cartwright pass in the first half

  • Devon Archie came in for Brommer, when he picked up back to back fouls and made a huge bucket, after being MIA for about a month, due to an injury

  • But, Bryce Cartwright came back in for the final minutes to handle the ball and even provide the final burst of offense to help Cole & Company get the win over #6
Iowa will be the tenth seed in the Big Ten Conference Tournament, after Indiana fell @ Illinois earlier today. With the upset over Purdue, Iowa leaves the cellar of the Big Ten on the final regular season game of the season.


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