Sometimes it is as simple as one team makes shots and the other does not.
This is exactly what happened on Wednesday night as No. 25 Rutgers was handled by No. 15 Iowa 79-66 at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.
Iowa was able to dominate this game in two areas — the three-point line and foul line. The Scarlet Knights finished 6-28 from three-point territory in this one. The Scarlet Knights were unable to convert on many open shots while the Hawkeyes knocked down 11 three’s to take control, led by Joe Wieskamp. The junior led the way with 26 points on 9-14 from the field, including five makes from beyond the arc. Luka Garza logged 22 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
The game started out poorly for the Scarlet Knights when Myles Johnson picked up his second foul just a minute and nine seconds into the game. It continued to take an ugly turn when Cliff Omoruyi was nailed with his second foul just five minutes later. This is when the Hawkeyes were able to take control of the game. Iowa would take a tied game and go on a 17-4 run over the next seven minutes.
The Scarlet Knights were able to cut the lead to six points in the second half but it never felt like they had a chance to go on top in this one. Iowa led for 33 minutes of the game and did it from the three-point line.
Despite the foul trouble download for Rutgers, the Hawkeyes did not dominate the paint. They were able to knock down contested shots and get to the free throw line. Rutgers went to the free throw line just six times while Iowa finished 16-20.
Geo Baker led Rutgers with 11 points while Ron Harper Jr. continues to go through a funk. He finished with just nine points on 4-9 from the field.
This loss ended the Scarlet Knights’ four-game win streak that catapulted them back into the AP Poll. They are now 4-6 in Quad 1 games this season which will come as a blow to their seeding come tournament time. There is still time to pick up that quality win down the stretch of the season.
Rutgers will have a chance next Thursday on the road against No. 3 Michigan to get that signature win. A win in that one would give Rutgers a chance to gain a five or six seed in the NCAA Tournament. Before that, Rutgers will return to the RAC on Saturday to host Northwestern.