IOWA CITY, Ia. Clemson had outscored Iowa from behind the 3-point line, 30-0, when Hawkeye freshman Josh Oglesby finally made one in transition with just inside of 10 minutes to play Tuesday.
It was that kind of one-sided night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena as an Iowa basketball season that started with promise continued to swoon sideways.
Clemson’s 71-55 victory, before an announced crowd of 10,449, was the Hawkeyes’ sixth consecutive loss in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The loss matched Iowa’s worst loss to a non-conference opponent in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It equaled a 16-point loss to Campbell on Nov. 23.
More important, it was the Hawkeyes’ third one-sided loss in the last four games, leaving coach Fran McCaffery searching for positive teaching moments.
“I’ve been doing this for a long time,” McCaffery said. “I stay positive, no matter what. I never get too high, or too low. You do that, then you’ll be taking a year off to get yourself straightened out. I don’t stress about it. I go to work. We’ll get this figured out. We’re better than we’re playing right now. What we have to do is get this team going in the right direction.”
Iowa’s offense never got untracked, and its defense headed south once the shots didn’t fall. The Hawkeyes shot just 28.6 percent from the field, and got crushed on the boards 42-27.
“It’s frustrating for all of us,” McCaffery said. “We had good shooters taking good shots, they just weren’t going down.”
Clemson shot 55.6 percent from the field in the second half and 51.9 percent for the game, making 11-of-21 3-pointers.
“We shot the ball the best we’ve shot it all year,” said Clemson coach Brad Brownell, whose team entered the game shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from 3.
Iowa’s last four foes have all shot 51.9 percent or better from the field.
Clemson guard Andre Young led the Tigers (4-2) with 19 points. He made five of six 3-pointers, and was one of four inside the arc. Tanner Smith had 14 rebounds and eight assists.
Iowa’s starters combined for eight field goals, two less than Young by his lonesome. Leading scorer Matt Gatens made just one field goal in six attempts and finished with eight points. Forward Melsahn Basabe was limited to two points for the fourth consecutive game.
“The only thing that gives me hope is that he’s practiced well,” McCaffery said.
Eric May also made just one of six shots, and Bryce Cartwright was two of 11. Only Zach McCabe, with three baskets in four attempts, had more than two field goals.
Oglesby led the Hawkeyes (4-3) with 15 points. Iowa had just five assists as a team. Cartwright averaged 6.8 assists to lead the Big Ten last season.
“We’re just missing shots we should be making,” Oglesby said. “Mid-range jumpers, 15-footers wide open.”
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