Game Wrap, Box Score, Photos, Interviews: Iowa Routs Alabama St.

November 12, 2017

Written by Rob Howe


IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa recorded its second lopsided victory of the weekend Sunday when it blew out Alabama State, 92-58, here at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes moved to 2-0 on the young season.

Against far inferior competition, Iowa did what was expected with Sunday’s result and a 95-62 lambasting of Chicago State on Friday. Those teams combined to go 14-49 a year ago.

Like Friday, a lack of resistance from Iowa’s opposition allowed coach Fran McCaffery to mix and max lineups. He again dug deep into the bench with 10 different players logging at least 13 minutes. No starter played more than 19.

Iowa freshman center Luka Garza scored 11 points and grabbed 13 points for his first career double-double. Cordell Pemsl (15), Maishe Dailey (11) and Tyler Cook (10) also scored in double figures. Starting point guard Jordan Bohannon dished out six assists against just one turnover in 18 minutes.

Sunday’s game wasn’t competitive for long. Iowa began putting together an 18-0 run five minutes into the action and led 31-11 with 8:43 to play in the first half. The home team pushed its lead to 25 by halftime and enjoyed a 42-point advantage midway through the second half.

The Hawkeyes shot 32 of 48 (47.1 percent) from the floor, including 11 of 29 (37.9) on treys. They held Alabama State to 37.5 percent on field goals overall and 4 of 14 from behind the arc.

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“We were better defensively (Sunday) than we were the last game. I felt like we were more connected,” McCaffery said. “I felt we pushed it better. We wanted to run more. I thought our running game was just OK (Friday) and it was better (Sunday). We got out and ran, got some easy baskets.

“We had one situation in the first half where we had 12 consecutive stops. That’ll help your break tremendously.”

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Iowa out-rebounded the visitors, 53-38, held a 49-4 advantage in bench points and a 33-9 edge in points off turnovers.

The Hawkeyes still have work to do on the free throw line. After going 21-35 on Friday, they connected on just 17 of 33 against the Hornets. They’re shooting 38 of 68 (54 percent) through two games.

Iowa returns to action Thursday when it plays host to Grambling State (7 p.m., BTN Plus). The Tigers were 16-17 last year including 4-13 on the road. They lost 94-65 at VCU on Friday.

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