Game Report: DePaul Overwhelms Hawkeyes in Gavitt Games

November 11, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa didn’t give up. Beyond that, there weren’t many more positives when it came to Monday’s 93-78 loss to DePaul here at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in a game not as close as the final score would indicate.

The Blue Demons (4-0) overwhelmed Iowa from the opening tip, leading 13-0 after three minutes and then 19-2 at the 15:26 mark. They built the advantage to 20 midway through the first half and led 53-30 at halftime.

The Hawkeyes (1-1) turned the ball over 12 times before the intermission and played poor defense. It didn’t seem to be a lack of effort but more a deficiency in quickness and athleticism. DePaul dribbled by, around and through the opposition, setting up wide-open shot attempts.

The Demons led by 25 with five minutes to go in the game. Iowa kept playing hard and cut it down to 14 but would get no closer.

DePaul coach Dave Leitao felt like his team held an advantage in length and quickness. It double-teamed Hawkeye center Luka Garza, who had a double-double Friday, in the post and recovered well. They closed out well on the Iowa jump shooters, too.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery believes the mistakes his team made Monday are correctible.

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“We had some guys that struggled, and that’s obvious. They’re better players than they played today. I think offensively if we move the ball – we’re a team that typically moves the ball. We didn’t move the ball tonight. We didn’t move it. We didn’t get it moving side to side. We didn’t adjust to what they were doing defensively to individuals,” he said.

Other thoughts and notes from Monday:

-Iowa go-to-guy Joe Weiskamp experienced an off night like many of his teammates. He saw a jumper blocked and never got into a rhythm. He finished 1 of 7 from the floor, including 0 of 3 on threes, and scored four points in almost 27 minutes.

“He was sideways with his game. What we need him to do is be one of our guys. You have to be one of the guys that in that situation is confident in his own skin to go make plays and take good shots, get on the glass, get a steal, get our break going,” McCaffery said.

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-Leitao said DePaul was taking away Garza and it did a good job, disrupting him with double teams and being physical. He missed 7 of 12 shots from the floor, finishing with 14 points and eight rebounds.

“He’s got to recognize that the double team comes or not. Sometimes they went after the bounce, sometimes they bodied up and just didn’t go for any shot fakes. So he’s just got to recognize what they’re doing to him. Sometimes he’s just got to get rid of it. As soon as he catches it, get rid of it, because if he goes right to the deck, two, three dribbles, everybody is going to come,” McCaffery said.

“So, yeah, that’s part of the growth process for him.”

-For the second game in a row, starting power forward Jack Nunge struggled. He saw his shot blocked early and sunk into a shell. He ended up with no points, a turnover and a foul in 10+ minutes.

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-With Nunge struggling, McCaffery turned to senior Ryan Kreiner and he delivered. He made all five of his field goal attempts, ending up with 13 points to go with eight rebounds. He drew a team-high six fouls.

“(Nunge has) got to fight through it. One of the things that hurt him, was when I put Kriener in and he played well, so he didn’t get back in as much. I got to be able to go back to him and kind of let him play through it a little bit more than I did. But it wasn’t one of his better nights clearly,” McCaffery said.

-Freshman point guard Joe Toussaint picked up a technical for dropping the ball on top of a fallen DePaul player after the play ended. Other than that, he enjoyed a good night, scoring 13 points in 13 minutes with two assists against one turnover.

-Jordan Bohannon looked to be moving well for the second game in a row following off-season hip surgery. His shot wasn’t falling, however. He missed five of six field goal attempts overall and was 1 of 3 from behind the arc.

-Graduate transfer Bakari Evelyn provided Iowa with a solid 15 minutes. He recorded a team-best three assists without a turnover, and produced two steals.

-Cordell Pemsl played his first contest of the season for Iowa after serving a two-game suspension for a drinking and driving citation. He scored two points and grabbed two rebounds in 13 minutes.

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