Back to Basics, Iowa Dominates
If feeding the post and asserting their dominance in the paint wasn’t a point of emphasis for Iowa prior to its game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, it looked like it on Saturday.
The Hawkeyes went to the paint early and often, building a 44-23 lead at the half before winning 88-59. The Hawks were 13-24 from floor in the first half and 22-7 on glass plus a robust 16-22 at line. Iowa scored 20 points in paint led by a stellar half from Melsahn Basabe and Adam Woodbury.
Woodbury hit half hooks with both hands in the early going as well as nailing an elbow 15 footer. Basabe was all over the floor during his first ‘shift’, a five minute stretch where he scored 13 straight points on a mix of low block moves, running layups and making free throws. He had 15 points at the break which included seven of eight from the free throw line. Woodbury scored 11 in the first half on four of four shooting and three of four from the line.
Iowa hit 55 percent of their shots on the day (29 of 52) and had 22 assists on those 29 field goals, an exceptional number. Iowa was 8 of 19 on three-pointers, with Devyn Marble going 3 of 3 and Mike Gesell 2 of 2. Marble hit all of his trey’s in the second half en route to a 15 point, five rebound and three assist afternoon.
Basabe led all Hawkeyes with 17 points, those coming in just 13 minutes of action. He had five rebonds as well as he was pure energy on the floor and proved to be an early catalyst for the team. Woodbury had 13 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes as he did not get in early foul trouble in this game. Josh Oglesby added 12 points and Mike Gesell scored nine in addition to four assists.
Anthony Clemmons led Iowa with five assists in his first career start; he replaced Zach McCabe in the starting lineup and it was the first time since 2008 where Iowa had started three freshmen in the same game.
Aaron White scored six points and had three rebounds in just 11 minutes; he received a technical foul in the first half and Basabe started in his place in the second half.
Iowa dismantled a weak opponent and played their best game in weeks. The Hawkeyes are now 6-2, their two losses coming against the only two teams inside Ken Pomeroy’s Top 80. Iowa has another tune up on Tuesday night against South Dakota before back to back games against Iowa State (in Iowa City) and Northern Iowa (in Des Moines). The South Dakota game will the Iowa’s last game not available on widely distributed television