Iowa, Cole Dump North Carolina Central

Nov. 28, 2009

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s basketball team needed a win a sunny Saturday in the Heartland and they got one, a 73-63 victory over North Carolina Central inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa used a 17-7 run capped by a lay-up by Brennan Cougill to build a 49-34 lead en route to victory No. 2 of the season. The win also snapped a two-game losing streak for the Hawkeyes.

Coach Todd Lickliter’s squad was paced by Jarryd Cole. The junior center had a monster double-double for the home team, knocking down 10 of 13 field goal attempts and a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe on his way to a career-high 24 points. The Kansas City native also grabbed 10 rebounds, seven of which coming off the defensive glass.

Cole’s previous scoring high was 15 against intrastate rival Iowa State in 2007. Cole’s success also showed on the stat line for points in the paint where the Hawkeyes posted a 42-22 advantage

Iowa also got 16 from Matt Gatens and another 11 Cully Payne, who was credited with three assists. Eric May added nine points off the bench and Anthony Tucker was credited with eight rebounds.

North Carolina Central was led by Michael Glasker’s 18 points.

Iowa shot 50 percent for the game but a nice 59 percent during the second stanza when the Hawkeyes pounded the ball inside where Cole and Cougill were dominant.The home team posted a 43-22 advantage on the boards.

Iowa used a 11-0 run capped by a short jumper by Payne to erase an 11-5 lead. The Hawkeyes pushed their lead to six at 22-16 on a layin by Cole with 4:22 left in the first stanza.

The difference-maker for Iowa in the first 20 minutes was a big-time advantage on the boards. The Hawkeyes were credited with 22 boards including 15 on the defensive end where they limited North Carolina Central to just two second-chance points. NCCU grabbed 12 rebounds.

Both teams struggled from the field, each hitting well below 40 percent of their tries. Iowa was also made just one of 11 three-point attempts.

Iowa’s next action is Tuesday against Virginia Tech in the annual Big Ten-ACC Shootout. Game time inside Carver-Hawkeye is set for 8:30 p.m.