Kelly, Johnson, Gorney spark Hawkeyes
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP)—Jake Kelly scored 18 points and Seth Gorney hit four straight free throws in the final 16.9 seconds for his only points as Iowa held off a furious rally to beat Northwestern 67-62 Tuesday night.
Justin Johnson added 17 points for Iowa (13-18, 6-12), which ended its first regular season under coach Todd Lickliter and now has a long break until the Big Ten tournament starts March 13. Iowa made 12 3-pointers Tuesday night to tie a season high.
Northwestern (8-20, 1-16) trailed by 13 with eight minutes left, but the Wildcats went on a 12-0 run before their rally fell short. Kevin Coble had 15 and Michael Thompson 14 for Northwestern.
The defeat marked the first 20-loss season for Northwestern’s Bill Carmody in 12 seasons as a head coach—four at Princeton and eight with the Wildcats.
Trailing by 13 with 8:07 left at 56-43, the Wildcats had a final run left. Nikola Baran had a basket, Coble hit a long jumper just inside the 3-point line and Craig Moore scored off a steal to make it 56-49 with five minutes to go.
After a Hawkeyes’ offense foul, Jeremy Nash banked in a 3-pointer to cut it to 56-52, Baran made two free throws and then Nash came up with a steal and was fouled. He made one of two and Iowa’s lead was down to one with 3:47 to go after the Wildcats’ 12-point spurt.
Cyrus Tate got an offensive rebound and made a free throw for a two-point Iowa lead.
Moore faked and then let go with a 3-point shot, drawing a foul on Kelley. Moore then missed two of three from the line with 2:39 remaining and the Wildcats were still down one.
Tony Freeman hit a 3-pointer with 2:16 to go, but Moore answered with one at the other end. Kelly made a 3-pointer and again Moore responded, keeping it a one-point Hawkeyes’ lead with 1:13 to go.
After a Northwestern steal and a miss by Thompson that would have put the Wildcats ahead, Iowa got a time-out with 43 seconds left.
Johnson missed a 3-pointer, but Coble was called for a foul on the rebound with 16.9 seconds remaining. Gorney bounced in the first free throw and hit the second for a 65-62 lead.
After Coble missed a 3-pointer, Gorney made two more from the line to seal the win.
Iowa nipped Northwestern by two last month in Iowa City, even though the Hawkeyes trailed by 14 with 13 minutes left.
This time they jumped out quickly, scoring the game’s first 10 points, going up 18-4 and then jumping ahead 28-11 with four 3-pointers. Northwestern cut it to six by halftime.