Nov. 11, 2003
IOWA CITY, IA. — Senior center Jared Reiner posted a team-high 23 points and had nine rebounds, while sophomore forward Pierre Pierce added 17 points and six boards as Iowa defeated EA Sports Midwest All-Stars, 99-85, in its first home game of the 2003 season on Tuesday.
Reiner assured the Hawkeyes struck first in the game with a lay-up in the first 40 seconds, while Glen Worley, Brody Boyd and Nick DeWitz put together a string of lay-ups, a free throw and a dunk to build a nine point lead, which the Hawkeyes wouldn’t surrender for the contest, in just the first six minutes.
The 6-foot-11 center from Tripp, SD, was 11-of-13 from the field with four offensive and five defensive rebounds. Pierce, who spent the longest (32 minutes) time in the game for Iowa, was 7-of-15 from the field with all six rebounds on defense.
Worley had 13 points going 4-for-6, while Boyd added 12 and DeWitz had six. Sophomore guard Jeff Horner scored 12 with nine assists and three rebounds.
Leading EA Sports was former West Virginia guard Mike Brownlee who recorded 21 points, three assists and four rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. Cory Largent went 4-for-11 for 14 points, while Jeff Gibbs posted 13 rebounds and 11 points.
The Hawkeyes crushed the All-Stars through the game with a 63.6 percent overall scoring average compared to just 39.4 in front of a crowd of 10,198 inside Carver Hawkeye Arena.
The “Miracle Game” is the first of three exhibition games before the Hawkeyes start regular-season action on Nov 23, hosting North Carolina-Asheville inside Carver.
Barry Pump, hawkeyesports.com