Iowa was able to hold off No. 10 seed Temple as the Hawkeyes escaped with a 72-70 overtime win as senior center Adam Woodbury tipped in Mike Gesell’s miss at the buzzer for the win. The win means No. 7 seed Iowa will advance in the South Region in Brooklyn.
Woodbury was in the right place at the right time (and might have given a little bit of a push?) on the putback as he finished with 10 points and five rebounds.
Temple tied the game to end regulation as senior Quenton DeCosey was fouled shooting the tying 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left. DeCosey drained all three free throws to end regulation tied at 63.
The No. 7 seed Hawkeyes (22-10) had lost six of its last eight games entering the tournament but led for most of the game thanks to 23 points from senior Jarrod Uthoff. Junior Peter Jok also chipped in 16 points and Iowa made a lot of little plays to secure the victory.
Senior point guard Mike Gesell (four points, five assists) made a key strip after an offensive rebound that gave the Hawkeyes possession with a minute left while the Hawkeyes had a key tapout for an offensive rebound on the ensuing possession to get fouled and making the clinching free throws.
Iowa only shot 34 percent (24-for-69) from the field and 25 percent (7-for-28) from the field but they were able to win a grind-it-out game, which is a positive sign for them. The Hawkeyes only had one turnover for the game though, which helped them overcome a lot of other difficulties.
Temple (21-12) was led by Quenton DeCosey, as the senior finished with 24 points. Josh Brown finished with 16 points and Jaylen Bond chipped in 14 points for the Owls as they went 22 percent (4-for-18) from 3-point range.
Iowa moves on to face No. 2 seed Villanova in the second round of the South Region on Sunday as these two teams will play in Brooklyn. The Hawkeyes have won NCAA tournament games in back-to-back years for the first time since 1996-97.