By Adam Hensley
It wasn’t always pretty, but Iowa managed to snare a win in its second-to-last nonconference game of the season, taking down Colorado, 80-73 on Dec. 22 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Maishe Dailey poured in a career-high 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds coming off the bench, his best performance in a Hawkeye uniform.
Isaiah Moss’ 16 points led the Hawkeye starters, with Jordan Bohannon adding 14 after a slow start and Tyler Cook scoring 12.
The Hawkeyes overcame a sloppy night handling and passing the ball, as they stumbled their way to 19 turnovers.
Neither team could find any rhythm from deep; Iowa only made 20 percent of its 3-pointers (3-of-15), and Colorado hit 26.1 percent of its shots (6-of-23).
The Hawkeyes made nearly 50 percent of their shots from the floor (26 of 53) while holding the Buffaloes to 42.6 percent.
McKinley Wright IV, just seven days removed from a 30-point outing against South Dakota State, led all scorers with 21 points.
Arguably the biggest factor for Iowa came at the free-throw line. The Hawkeyes shot 25-of-36 from the stripe, and the Buffaloes only made 9 of their 17 attempts.
Next up for Iowa: Northern Illinois. The Hawkeyes and Huskies will clash in Carver-Hawkeye at 7 p.m. Dec. 29.