For the first time this young season, Iowa must show it can rebound from a loss. And it won’t have much time to do so.
The Hawkeyes fell, 82-77, to Dayton Thursday night in the first round of the Orlando area Advocare Invitational. It set up a Friday meeting with No. 17 Notre Dame, who was upset by Monmouth, 70-68.
Coming off a blowout win at Marquette a week earlier, Iowa faced early foul trouble against Dayton. Starting point guard Mike Gesell missed all but two minutes of the first half with a pair of fouls. A couple of personals also sidelined Adam Woodbury, the starting center, for much of the opening 20 minutes.
The Flyers (4-0), who play Monmouth Friday, enjoyed a 45-39 halftime advantage. Iowa rallied to lead 75-71with 2 minutes, 33 seconds to play but Dayton closed things out on an 11-2 run.
Jarrod Uthoff paced the Hawkeyes (3-1) with 18 points but shot 6 of 15 from the floor. Peter Jok added 12 points in a losing effort but was 5 of 12 from the field, including 1 of 6 from behind the arc. Anthony Clemmons scored 11 with six assists and two turnovers for Iowa.
Trailing 69-59 with 8:16 on the clock, Nicholas Baer kickstarted a Hawkeye spurt with a mid-range jumper. Jok followed with a jumper and a Clemmons’ lay-in cut the deficit to four with 5:20 to play.
Gesell drilled a jumper before a Brady Ellingson three-pointer put Iowa up 70-69 with 3:50 on the clock. Gesell dropped in a pair of free throws for a three-point lead and clear momentum. The senior then followed a Dayton hoop with a three-pointer to put the Hawkeyes ahead 75-71 with 2:33 to play.
The Flyers of the Atlantic-10 responded. Charles Cooke (22 points) drilled a triple and a Scoochie Smith layup put them up again for good. Iowa missed its final three shots from the floor.