Nov. 4, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Aaron White says the University of Iowa men’s basketball team is at its best in transition.
If that’s the case, 12,251 fans inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena saw the Hawkeyes at their best quite a bit Sunday during a 100-54 exhibition victory against Quincy University.
Iowa scored the game’s first 22 points and notched 41 points off 31 turnovers.
“(The press) worked well for us,” said White, who scored nine points with three blocked shots. “We were trying to cause havoc on them; it’s good for us to cause turnovers. That’s when we’re best offensively, when we’re in transition and scoring off turnovers.”
UI freshman point guard Mike Gesell led all players with 18 points; he made 3-of-5 3-point goals and added three assists and two steals.
Gesell was glad to get on Mediacom Court, but he is also glad the exhibition portion of the Hawkeyes’ schedule has concluded.
“Now everything we play is for keeps,” Gesell said. “Everything matters. We’ll get this tuneup out of the way.”
The Hawkeyes shot 54.1 percent from the field in the second half to finish 33-of-69 for the game (47.8). They received 56 points off the bench.
“We want to put points on the board,” UI head coach Fran McCaffery said. “We want to go, and we will shoot 3’s. We’ll press and run and shoot 3s, and we’re going to score points. The more important thing is we held (Quincy) to a pretty decent number, 33 percent (18-of-54 from the field).”
Iowa launched 25 3-point field goals, making 11 — three each by Gesell and Ogelsby, two by May, and one each by White and Anthony Clemmons.
UI junior Roy Devyn Marble saw 20 minutes of playing time, tops among the 15 Hawkeyes. McCaffery wanted to get more time for 7-foot-1 freshman center Adam Woodbury, who pulled down six rebounds and scored four points in 11 minutes.
“I thought he ran well, got on the glass, and passed it well,” McCaffery said of Woodbury. “He played a good game for a freshman in his first game. I wish I could have gotten Woodbury a few more minutes. I thought he was perking up in the second half.”
Iowa led 48-19 at halftime. The Hawkeyes limited Quincy to 25.9-percent shooting from the field (7-of-27) during the first 20 minutes.
Iowa returns to action Friday, Nov. 9, against UT-Pan American beginning at 8 p.m. inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.