Free Throws Hurt Hawkeyes Against Michigan State

By Scott Dochterman, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A field-goal drought that lasted for nearly 15 minutes proved fatal for Iowa on Tuesday. It's difficult enough to beat No. 7/6 Michigan State while playing at a high level. Iowa missed 12 of its final 13 shots from the 9:56 mark of the second half through the end of overtime. Iowa shot 43 free throws — 20 more than Michigan State — but made just 30. That was too much to overcome.

"We were driving the ball, we were throwing it inside and trying to get to the free-throw line," McCaffery said. "We missed 13 free throws; that's unfortunate. We make our free throws and we have a chance to win. But they missed free throws, too. I felt we were moving the ball well, we had some really good looks at it, and just didn't make any."

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