The last time the Iowa Hawkeyes ventured onto the road in the Big Ten, they turned the ball over 22 times and lost to Big Ten co-leader Purdue by one point.
Iowa was back on the road Saturday, at Minnesota, and they once again committed 21 turnovers, but they were unable to keep the game close or give themselves a chance to win, falling 63-50 to the Golden Gophers.
This score was more indicative of what a 20+ turnover road game should look like, especially when you are outrebounded on the offensive glass 12-2, and your first offensive rebound didn’t come until 35 minutes had passed.
Still, Iowa somehow led this game 42-41 with 11:16 remaining in the game after Cyrus Tate converted and old school three-point play.
Iowa didn’t deal well with its good fortune, committing a pair of fouls and turning the ball over to lend a hand on a Minnesota 7-0 run. The Gophers would finish the game on a 23-8 run.
Justin Johnson led Iowa with 15 points and Tony Freeman added 10. Seth Gorney had nine points and 10 rebounds.
Unofficially, Minnesota attempted 15 more field attempts than Iowa and made four more three-point baskets.
The loss dropped Iowa to 11-14 on the season, 4-8 in the Big Ten. Minnesota evened their league mark at 5-5 and took a big step on securing the 6th seed in next month’s Big Ten tournament.
Iowa returns home for two games, beginning next Thursday against Michigan, a team they beat by nine in Ann Arbor last month. Then last place Northwestern comes to Carver Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday, February 19th. Minnesota scored 92 points against the Wildcats on Wednesday in Evanston.