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Hawks reach end of the line

It was fun while it lasted.

Baylor's Pierre Jackson was named the NIT's Most Valuable Player.

That's what the majority of Hawkeye basketball fans were saying in the wake of Thursday night's 74-54 season-ending loss to Baylor (23-14) in the championship game of the National Invitation Tournament.

Iowa ends its season with a 25-13 record having won 11 of its final 15 games.

Look no further than poor shooting for the reason behind the lack of hardware accompanying the Hawkeyes back to Iowa City. The team shot just 26.1 percent from the floor against the Bears.

Mike Gesell paced Iowa with 13 points. Aaron White scored 12 and Devyn Marble was held to just six as Baylor pulled away from the Hawkeyes in the second half thanks to 62.5 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes.

“It was just frustrating,” Marble told the Cedar Rapids Gazette afterward. “We couldn’t get stops, we couldn’t make shots.”

Baylor's Pierre Jackson finished with 17 points and 10 assists, earning the honor of being named the tourney's Most Valuable Player.

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