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Kris Murray, Iowa knock off No. 15 Indiana in thriller

Jan 5, 2023; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Race Thompson (25) completes a slam dunk over Iowa Hawkeyes guard Connor McCaffery (30) during the first half at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Kris Murray tallied 30 points and 10 rebounds and made the key defensive play as Iowa rallied from a 21-point deficit to topple No. 15 Indiana 91-89 on Thursday in Iowa City.

Filip Rebraca contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Connor McCaffery added 16 points as Iowa (9-6, 1-3) snapped a three-game losing streak.

With 12 seconds left and Iowa protecting a one-point lead, Murray blocked a layup attempt by Jalen Hood-Schifino, came down with the rebound and drew a foul. Murray’s two free throws gave the Hawkeyes an 89-86 lead.

Playing for the first time since Dec. 17, Trayce Jackson-Davis showed no rust as he registered 30 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for Indiana (10-4, 1-2).

It was the first game for the Hoosiers after 12 days off and Jackson-Davis had missed the previous two Indiana games with a back injury.

Hood-Schifino finished with 21 points and nine assists. Race Thompson scored nine points for the Hoosiers before sitting out the second half with a knee injury.

It was an emotional win for Iowa after Patrick McCaffery, son of coach Fran McCaffery, left the team earlier this week to address anxiety issues.

Indiana led 84-78 when Hood-Schifino made a layup with 3:42 left. But it would be the Hoosiers’ final field goal of the game.

Iowa responded with a 9-0 run, with McCaffery supplying four of the points on free throws as the Hawkeyes took the lead for good, 87-84, with 1:39 left.

In a high-octane first half, Indiana went on an early 15-0 run fueled by back-to-back dunks by Jackson-Davis and five straight points by Thompson as the Hoosiers took a 23-4 lead.

Midway through the half, Indiana had hit 13 of its first 16 shots, including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc, on its way to a 35-15 lead.

But Iowa answered with an 11-point run, started and finished by 3-pointers from McCaffery and Murray.

At the break, Indiana had a 50-40 lead after shooting 65.5 percent from the floor and making 5 of 7 shots from distance.

Early in the second half, Iowa went on a 10-point run that included 3-pointers by Murray and McCaffery.

Murray gave Iowa a 76-72 lead with 7:33 left as he battled inside for a three-point play.

Indiana answered with the next eight points as Jackson-Davis hit two free throws and assisted on two field goals. But Iowa had the final response.

– Field Level Media