Trop fou! Pierre Pierce beats Iowa

Former Hawkeye has 19 points, including deciding basket

Published: August 19 2013 | 3:44 pm - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 7:16 pm in

"Trop fou," by the way, is French for "too crazy."

As Conan O'Brien has often said (and I've often been fond of repeating), you couldn't make this up. Why would you?

Pierre Pierce hit a game-winning shot in overtime Monday to give Hyeres-Toulon an 84-82 basketball win over the University of Iowa in Toulon, France. You know, where Pierce played ball and had some rather serious legal problems a decade or so ago.

Pierce played a game-high 35 minutes and had a game-high 19 points.

Go to Scott Dochterman's blog to learn more details about what sounds like an exciting game, and read his story on how Iowa came to play a team with Pierce on it.

Pierce is 30, and has played in Greece, the Ukraine, Georgia, and France. He apparently still has skills.

It was the Hawkeyes' first loss in five games on their six-game England/France journey, and against their toughest foe. Hyeres-Toulon, that is, not Pierce.

Curiously, Iowa's press release on the game didn't mention Pierce by name. It did say this:

The Hawkeyes trailed by as many as five points in the extra session, yet continued to fight to the end. Marble sank a 3-pointer with 90 seconds left to pull within three points (82-80). After a pair of defensive stops, Jarrod Uthoff drained a jumper with 18 seconds left to tie the contest. Hyeres-Toulon scored in the final seconds to post the two-point victory. 

Pierce tweeted this after the game:

@pierre_pierce Felt pretty good hitting my first game winner today lol wish the #hawkeyes best of luck this season and safe travels back

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