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‘We need him to win:’ Race Thompson proves importance in Iowa victory

Race Thompson finished shaking hands with the Iowa team and made his way back to the locker room, smiling from ear to ear.

De’Ron Davis snuck up from behind Thompson, put his towel over Thompson’s head and embraced him. The redshirt sophomore, still smiling, had just finished putting up a career-high 10 points in an essential 89-77 win over No. 21 Iowa.

Thompson’s Indiana career has been filled with injuries. And there was no change to that trend a few weeks ago when he collided with Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman in midair going for a loose ball, making Thompson unable to break his fall as he landed hard on his lower back and tailbone.