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NEW YORK (AP) – Unofficial team made a statement on 2K Classic.
Jordan Bohannon scored 16 points to lead Iowa to 77-69 outrage of No. 13 Oregon in the second half of the 2K Classic on Thursday night.
Luka Garza added 12, and Ryan Kriener finished 11.
Hawkeyes (3-0) will play UConn in championship tomorrow, while Oregon (2-1) will meet No. 15 Syracuse in the consolation game. Connecticut upset Syracuse, 83-76, in the first game.
The Huskies passed the first big test of the Dan Hurley era to win against their former Big East rival.
“They watched the last couple of days that they could not come here and play. They went out and performed at such a high level,” Hurley said.
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery watched the first game in the doubleheader at Madison Square Garden.
“I was impressed by how hard (UConn) played,” he said. “I thought they shared the ball and I thought they really competed defensively.”
He could have said the same about his team because Hawkeyes kept the spirits 37.1 percent shooting from the field (23-62) and 33.3 percent shooting from 3 (6-18).
“It was a disappointment,” said Oregon coach Dana Altman. “Our ball move was not good. Our transition, we looked over the top a few times and did not stop, and it was very nice to stop running after it. Our ball movement was bad. We did not go in to shoot for our teammates. you play badly as offensive you have to do something defensive and we were bad there. “
Oregon only forced eight sales while they were 14. In addition, Iowa made 35.2 percent of their shots from fields (19-54), 35 , 7 percent from 3 (10-28) and hit 29-33 from foul line.
“I know I’m disappointed with what I saw,” Altman said. “We did not do a good job. We did not compete, and I know they are disappointed with it.”
Iowa led all the time. Hawkeyes jumped to an 8-0 lead in the first 2:36, and had a 39-28 advantage in half-time. The lead grew to 13, 52-39, at Kriener dunk at 12:19 in the second half.
Oregon closed by seven, 76-69, in the last 23.6 seconds, but it was as close as the ducks should come.
“We saw some frustration on time,” said Bohannon about the meadows. “So we just knew there we had them.”
Ehab Amin led all players by 25 points. Bol Bol clipped with 14, and Victor Bailey Jr. had 12.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim was disappointed by how his team played. Syracuse dropped to 2-1 with its first loss of the season in a game where Orange missed 40 of its 66 shots from the field including misfiring at 16 of 22 3s.
Did not improve his mood was the fact UConn out rebounded Syracuse 46-32.
“We did not in any way shape or shape well at the offensive end,” said Boeheim, who later added: “We broke on the boards. We were crushed inside.”  Jalen Carey led all the scores by 26. Tyus Battle had 16, and Elijah Hughes entered 15.
“The jale played with a lot of poise,” says Boeheim, “but the guys we expect to do did not play well . “
From the opening point, a ceaseless cacophony filled Madison Square Garden, a reminder that these programs -Syracuse in ACC, Connecticut at the American Athletic Conference – can track their roots to the world’s most famous arena, and more specifically the Big East Conference.
So it was only fitting that the game was played with a distinct Big E ast flavor. Simple shots were at a price. Really every loose ball was questioned. Arms and legs were entangled with other arms and legs. Bodies fell to the famous hardwood tree. Players on the benches jumped up and enjoyed every conversation that went their way. When they did not stalk upside down, Hurley and Boeheim either gestured to the official or engaged in one-way conversation with their players.
The Huskies led 38-32 in half time partly due to a 13-4 run in the first 4:29, and outscoring Orange, 9-7, in the past 5:01.
“We got after them to start the game,” Hurley said. “They were rattled.”
Connecticut opened the score in both halves. Adams hit a back door, smuggling stop just 14 seconds into the game and Vital left side 3 49 seconds into the second half, Huskies increased the lead to 41-32. Gilbert’s left side 3 5: 6 later extended UConns lead to 10, 51-41, and forced Boeheim to call a timeout.
When the game resumed, Syracuse UConn won 25-19 over a team at 10:42 to cut deficits to 70-66. But any chance Syracuse would complete the comeback snuffed by Gilbert and Adam’s on consecutive possessions. Smith, Tyler Polley, Gilbert and Adams combined to knock down seven of eight free throws at the last minute to seal the win.
“We did not play very clever at the offensive and scored 76 points,” Boeheim said. We just have to be better offense. The movement was not good. We have to get into things. We have not been well offensive for all the games we have played and we try to work guys out of their position. We are not synchronized at all. “
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