Race Thompson thought his Indiana career was over, returns with heightened intensity

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana – A stroke of luck nearly ended his career.

As Iowa guard Tony Perkins dribbled past a ball screen, he slid to the ground and collided with Race Thompson’s knee, causing the Indiana to punch forward and punch back.

The game continued as Thompson sat on the hardwood of Carver Hawkeye Arena with tears streaming down his face. Kris Murray completed a put back layup and cut Indiana’s lead to 10 with 4:27 in the first half. Thompson wrapped his arms around Michael Shipp and Nathan Childress and hobbled to the locker room, his six-year career in Indiana — full of body and intensity — flashing before his eyes.