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The Hawkeyes’ season ended Sunday, getting knocked out by Oregon, 108-97.
Iowa came out strong, hitting threes, breaking the Ducks’ press and leading 51-47 at half, but Oregon shot 72% from the floor, outscored the Hawks 61-46 in the second half and Iowa finished the season 18-17.
The Hawkeyes had four players in double figures led by Devyn Marble’s career-high 31, but Oregon’s bench outscored Iowa’s bench, 43-17.
What a great game for Devyn. He said after the game that he was watching tapes of himself shooting and went to practice working on his shot.
Devyn finished 10-15 from the floor, a smoking 7-8 from three-point range, five rebounds, five assists and no turnovers in 37 minutes.
Devyn will be playing the two guard next year as the Hawks bring in two point guards.
Bryce Cartwright finished his Iowa career with 12 points, 10 assists and three steals.
Aaron White and Melsahn Basabe chipped in 22 and 17. Each had eight rebounds but it wasn’t enough.
Matt Gatens ended his great career with seven points as Oregon played tough defense on him all day.
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said Iowa might have been tired in the second half, as the Hawks were basically rotating only seven players.
Oregon went nine deep and outscored Iowa 23-15 on fast break points.
I got my wish as the Hawkeyes beat Dayton in the first round of the NIT last Tuesday at Carver.
I was walking in the game with Rob Howe, who used to be
california knocks iowa out
The California Bears came into the game Sunday averaging over 13 more rebounds than their opponents.
They had 12 more than the Hawks (41-29) and 13 more second chance points and beat Iowa, 84-74.
The Hawkeye women started out like the men with an early lead, but couldn’t hold on, finishing the season 19-12.
The story in my mind is how Iowa got to the dance in the first place.
The Hawk were sitting at 11-10 after losing at Nebraska on Jan. 26.
They bounced back and beat 13th-ranked Purdue on Jan. 28 in Iowa City. The traveled to Wisconsin and knocked of the Badgers in overtime, but lost leading scorer Jaime Printy with a season-ending knee injury.
That would also be Virginia Johnson’s last game of the year because of a concussion suffered earlier in the season.
Think of the Iowa men losing Matt Gatens and maybe Eric May or Josh Oglesby off the bench.
Jaime was not only a great three-point threat, she was so good at driving to the basket, drawing fouls and was also a great passer.
Virginia had a break-out game against Purdue, playing 18 minutes, scoring six points and grabbing six rebounds. She also had two blocked shots.
Back to the Cal game, Iowa did have five players in double figures, led by Kamille Wahlin’s 15.
Kelly Krei, Morgan Johnson and Theairra Taylor added 14 with Theairra coming off the bench.
Theairra played a season-high 26 minutes and was 6-7 from the floor with three rebounds. She played with a lot of confidence and should be an impact player next year.
Samantha Logic had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Samantha will be one of the leaders next season as she proved she can play in the Big Ten.
It was the last game for Kamille, Kelly and Kalli Hansen.
Kamille and Kelly are four-year regulars that will be tough to replace, while Kalli has been battling injuries since she transferred for Kirkwood two years ago.
I wasn’t the best weekend for Hawkeye fans with the wrestlers placing third, and the men’s and the women’s basketball teams getting knocked out, but there were some exciting moments.
Next year looks good for all three sports and I’m really looking forward to the summer basketball leagues.
iowa wrestlers finish third
The Hawkeyes had three wrestlers in the finals last Saturday at St. Louis and on any given year, that would be enough.
It wasn’t this year, as Penn State had five and Minnesota had two.
The Nittany Lions crowned four champions, Minnesota and Iowa one as the Hawks finished third behind Penn State and the Gophers.
The Hawks had eight go to the Nationals and only six were All-Americans.
Matt McDonough won his second title at 125 with a hard fought 4-1 win.
Matt wrestled like he always does. He keeps the pressure on and is always attacking.
Matt became only the 22nd wrestler in Iowa history to win at least two NCAA titles. Only six Hawkeyes have ever won three titles and Matt has been in the championship match all three years.
“It’s not over yet,” said Matt. “I’m not done yet. I’ve still got a year left. I’m moving forward from right now on.”
Montell Marion lost a tough 6-4 overtime match to No. 1-seeded Kellen Russell from Michigan at 141.
Montell, a senior, trailed 3-1 but got a big takedown in the second period. Both wrestlers got an escape before Kellen took Montell down in the OT.
That is the second time Montell finished runner-up in the Nationals.
I thought Derek St. John had one of the best tournaments, finishing second after being out for a month during the season with a knee injury.
The former West High prep lost 4-1 to three-time champion Kyle Drake in the 157 pound finals.
All three finalists are home grown Hawkeyes as Matt grew up in Marion and Montell is from Des Moines.
Tony Ramos (133) finished strong, getting a pin to finish third while heavyweight freshman Bobby Telford placed fifth.
Ethen Lofthouse (174) made All-American with a seventh place finish.
Iowa has five of the six place winners coming back, but will need to find wrestlers at 149 and 197 pounds.
The Hawks have the talent to get back on top but the competition is a lot tougher and the Big Ten is as good as it gets.