INDIANAPOLIS — — Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon couldn’t remember how many times he attempted a winning long 3 in his backyard. Nor how many times the shots had entered.
It doesn’t matter, because when it came to the real thing, he did.
As the shot clock ticked down with a draw, a Big Ten Tournament championship spot on the line and the ball in his hands, Bohannon did what he always does – shot, this time right at the inside the midfielder logo.
And in the blink of an eye, the ball deflected off the backboard and through the net with 0.8 seconds left to give Iowa No. 24 an 80-77 win over Indiana in the first of two halves. -Saturday finals.
“It’s something that can’t be put into words,” Bohannon said. “You dream about it in the backyard when you’re throwing punches there or at the YMCA or wherever. So when he came in I just started going around in circles because I didn’t really know where go.
Iowa fans know where the third 2,000-point scorer in school history belonged – pulling himself out of a meltdown.
Bohannon scored just 12 points against the surprising ninth-seeded Hoosiers but he made three big 3s in the final 2½ minutes to give the fifth-seeded Hawkeyes (25-9) their third win in three days. Purdue No. 9 on Sunday and attempt to clinch their first conference tournament crown since 2006, which partly explains Bohannon’s return this season.
While they might not have advanced without Bohannon’s late-game shots, they also needed all-conference forward Keegan Murray to get some work done. He finished with 32 points and nine rebounds and put himself in position for another tip, just in case Bohannon missed.
But the final shot didn’t even go the way coach Fran McCaffery drew it.
“He was supposed to shoot in the corner, but they blocked him, it’s up to them to thank him,” McCaffery said. “But he kept coming. You know, as long as he’s shooting, I think it’s better than anything I can draw anyway.”
Bohannon made sure of that despite starting 4 of 10 from the field and trying to rally the Hawkeyes, who trailed for almost 122 seconds until Murray’s 3 gave them a 74-73 lead with 1: 56 to play.
Bohannon’s next 3, with 50.1 seconds left, made it 77-73 and appeared to seal the victory.
Instead, Xavier Johnson made two free throws and when Indiana (20-13) forced a turnover, Johnson scored on a breakaway layup to tie the score with 30.7 seconds left. Johnson finished with 20 points and nine assists.
And that’s how it lasted until Bohannon’s bank shot. Johnson’s desperate 60-foot lift bounced off the backboard, sealing the win for Iowa.
“I knew he was going to throw one and it just built up, sometimes it happens,” said Trayce Jackson-Davis, who had 31 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana. bounce your way and obviously we were about 1 second into extra time.”
Indiana: If two wins in two days, over the 2020-21 Big Ten regular season champions and 2021-22 co-conference champions, weren’t enough to secure a spot in the tournament’s 68-team field NCAA Saturday’s game should have Indiana controlled most of the game against one of the most capable scoring teams in the United States, but fell short.
Iowa: There’s no question the Hawkeyes’ shooters cause problems for most teams. But after scoring 196 points in two games, Iowa needed a late flurry to secure this one. After Sunday’s match, there will be no more back-to-back competitions on the schedule. — allowing Iowa to go full throttle the rest of this season.
CONSEQUENCES OF THE SURVEY
Given the upsets Thursday and Friday in Indianapolis — and throughout other conference tournaments across the country this weekend — the Hawkeyes are expected to move up the final Top 25 standings. The more interesting question will be whether the Hoosiers’ breakthrough weekend sends them into the ballot for the first time this season.
Indiana: Race Thompson had 11 points and seven rebounds. … The Hoosiers were just 5 of 19 from 3-point range in their third game in three days. … Indiana reached the semifinals for the first time since 2013 and won multiple conference tournaments for the first time in 2003.
Iowa: Murray was 11 of 17 from the field and 8 of 10 from 3. The rest of the Hawkeyes were 6 of 22 from 3. … Patrick McCaffery finished with 16 points. … Tony Perkins, who played high school ball at Indy, had eight points and five assists.
Indiana: Will find out Sunday night if they made their first NCAA tournament since 2016.
Iowa: Face No. 3 seed Purdue in Sunday’s championship game.