How tough was it in the pivot?
It was real tough. They‘ve got really, really skilled bigs that can go inside, that can go outside. It played to their advantage tonight. It was real tough on us trying to keep up.
What was the difference in the second half on your point?
They put Krabbenhoft on me for a little while and Landry. They‘re a little bit quicker than the other two. That kind of changed my game a bit.
You guys went about eight minutes in the second half without scoring a field goal. What was going on during that stretch?
We really don‘t pay too much attention to all of that, but I don‘t think we were getting the open shots we wanted or that we got in the first half. They were playing better defense than we were playing offense. It kind of deterred us a little bit.
How disappointing is this one?
It‘s tough. It‘s tough. But we‘re just going to have to bounce back from it and get Minnesota this weekend.
Can you talk about all the student that came in for free?
Man, I wish we got that every game. The students took full advantage of it. That‘s a great atmosphere to play in having people that you talk to every day, you know real well coming to your games and cheering you on.
Did you think you guys had one and it slipped away at the end?
Yeah, they made plays and we didn‘t. That‘s the bottom line. It was pretty much even through the first half and midway through the second. We go 6-8 minutes without scoring a basket that just feeds into what they want to do.
What happened during that stretch?
I don‘t know. We missed shots. They didn‘t really make too many more shots than we did. It was pretty much even. But I guess that‘s what they wanted, to shut us down, to get us cooled off and then they make the small plays that they did.
You guys shut them down pretty good.
We shut them down, but at the end of the night they scored more points than we did. That sucks.
Some people thought before the season that you guys would have to accept moral victories, but it‘s obvious that‘s not what‘s happening.
We go into every game expecting to win. It hurts because we were right there. Like I‘ve been telling you guys all year, we just have to have a short memory. This game is over with. There was a lot of good and some bad. We have to move on and I guess this Saturday is a must win like all of them are.
Statistcially Speaking: Freeman scored a game-high 18 points, but hit just 5 of 16 shots from the field. Johnson shot 1 of 9 from the floor, including just 1 of 5 on treys.
Tate enjoyed a strong night with 15 points on 4 of 6 field goal and 7 of 9 free throw shooting. He also grabbed a game-best eight boards.
Gorney connected on 5 of 7 shots from the field and finished with 10 points and four rebounds. The senior has now reached double figures in scoring in three of his last four games.
Kelly started, but played just 13 minutes. The freshman did not register a point or rebound.
Minute-By-Minute: Tate (34), Gorney (36), Freeman (40), Johnson (40), Kelly (13), Peterson (27), Looby(10).
-Nate Kaeding and Albert Young took in the game from courtside seats.
-When Wisconsin’s Jason Bohannon came into the game the student section booed and chanted “traitor”. They also serenaded him with “don’t cry Jason” when he picked up his second foul in the first half and had to go to the bench.
The Badger guard attended Linn-Mar High in Marion. He finished with nine points, six of which came from the free throw line in the closing minutes.
The paid crowd was announced at 12,342. The actual crowd was probably about 8,000. Iowa can’t count the freebies toward announced attendance.
-Johnson scored his basket on a 3-pointer off a fast-break outlet pass from Gorney with 3:45 remaining in the game.
Iowa has not won back to back games since the first week of December (E. Illinois and UNI), a stretch of 14 contests.