- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa fought until the end with a shot at a share of the Big Ten title at stake.

The Hawkeyes simply couldn’t make shots when it mattered.

It’s a trouble and recurring trend for a team that was in control of its own destiny just over a week ago.

Yogi Ferrell had 20 points, including a crucial 3 with 37 seconds, and No. 12 Indiana clinched its second outright Big Ten title in four years by holding off No. 16 Iowa 81-78 on Tuesday night.

Troy Williams had 15 points for the Hoosiers (24-6, 14-3), who will be the No. 1 seed in next week’s conference tournament.

Iowa fell behind by as many as 14 points before a 24-8 run put it back in front 74-72. The Hawkeyes then got the ball back with 6 seconds left down 3, but Peter Jok’s potential game-tying 3 grazed the rim.

“I think we already have. I’m not worried about that at all,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said when asked about how confident he is that the Hawkeyes that can bounce back. “We were in a position to win. We fought.”

Jarrod Uthoff had 18 points to lead the reeling Hawkeyes (20-9, 11-6), who have lost five of six after a 10-1 start in the Big Ten.

Iowa went cold yet again down the stretch, missing nine straight shots at one point, and Jok couldn’t knock down a 3 from a spot where he’s made so many in the past.

“It’s not like we’re taking bad shots and missing them. We’re taking good shots and missing them,” McCaffery said.

Iowa appeared on the verge of collapsing down double digits.

To its credit, it fought until the end - even after many Hawkeyes fans had left, assuming defeat.

A spirited late run, capped by consecutive 3s by Nicholas Baer, tied it at 70. Jok’s scoop shot finally put the Hawkeyes back in front with 4:27 left.

A 3 by Clemmons and a steal by Christian Williams gave them a shot at overtime, but Clemmons air-balled a 3 and Jok missed an open look from the corner.

Clemmons had 14 points for Iowa.

“It was frustrating because we had really good looks that didn’t go in. But you want to … make sure all five guys are where they’re supposed to be executing, and I was really proud of them for that,” McCaffery said.

TIP-INS

Indiana: The Hoosiers won 13 of their first 16 Big Ten games for just the third time in 20 years (2008, 2013). … Indiana played without guard Robert Johnson, who sprained his left ankle against Purdue on Feb. 20.

Iowa: The Hawkeyes were outscored by just 23 points in recent losses to Indiana, Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State. … Williams, a freshman who rarely plays, had eight points in the first half - four more than he had scored in all previous Big Ten games. Williams was subbing for Mike Gesell, who picked up two early fouls.

STAT LINES

Thomas Bryant scored 12 points with 10 rebounds, and Nick Zeisloft had 11 for Indiana. … Ahmad Wagner scored 11 points with nine rebounds. … The Hawkeyes scored just seven points off 13 Indiana turnovers.

COURTSIDE

Indiana only led by seven points at halftime despite hitting 8 of 11 3-point attempts. That number fell to 3 of 11 in the second half, but Ferrell’s make was the one they will long remember in Bloomington. “He’s a difficult guy to get under control,” McCaffery said.

UP NEXT

Indiana hosts No. 14 Maryland on Sunday.

Iowa plays at Michigan on Saturday.

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