Dec. 9, 2013
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — It was a “double the fun-type of evening” on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Three Hawkeyes posted double-doubles and 11 players scored as the No. 23/24 University of Iowa men’s basketball team overmatched Farleigh Dickinson, 92-59, to notch its 10th victory of the season.
Junior Gabriel Olaseni paced the team with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, while grabbing 10 rebounds; senior Melsahn Basabe finished with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds, and sophomore Jarrod Uthoff had 10 points and 10 boards.
It was Basabe’s 13th career double-double and the second for both Olaseni and Uthoff. It was the first time since Dec. 29, 1993, that three Hawkeyes — Jess Settles (21/11), Jim Bartles (10/12) and Russ Millard (12/11) — accomplished point-rebound double-doubles against Cal-Irvine.
“(My performance) is me focusing on being consistent and playing hard,” said Basabe, who is averaging 13.5 points and 9.5 rebounds the past two contests. “I am trying to play hard and play up to my capability.”
Freshman Peter Jok and senior Zach McCabe were the fourth and fifth Hawkeyes in double figures, finishing with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Sophomore Adam Woodbury and Aaron White scored eight points apiece.
“The bench has been great,” said McCaffery. “We got the break going; we threw it ahead and attacked their three-quarter court pressure with great success.”
The Hawkeyes shot 48.6 percent (34-of-70) from the floor and made 20-of-27 free throws (74.1 percent), while limiting the Knights to 32.3 (21-of-65) shooting and a 7-of-22 effort from behind the 3-point arc. Iowa dominated on the glass, out-rebounding Farleigh Dickinson, 54-32, which led to a 24-5 advantage in second chance points. Fifty-four of Iowa’s 92 points came in the paint.
Iowa spotted the Knights a 6-0 lead over the first two-and-a-half minutes before scoring 19-straight to take control. The Hawkeye defense forced eight-straight Farleigh Dickinson misses, and six different Iowa players scored to build a 19-6 lead at the 11:04 mark.
“Getting out in transition is what sparked us,” said Uthoff. “We try to bring energy when we come off the bench, and we did a good job of that tonight.”
A 3-pointer by Matt MacDonald ended the Knight scoring drought at seven minutes, but Farleigh Dickinson didn’t have an answer for the Hawkeyes. A baby hook by Adam Woodbury ignited a second double-digit run — this time 10-0 — to stretch the lead to 37-16 with 5:13 remaining in the first half.
Iowa led by 21 points (47-26) at the break after shooting 48.6 percent from the floor, and out-rebounding the Knights, 30-13, over the first 20 minutes.
After going scoreless in the first half, senior Roy Devyn Marble scored seven of the Hawkeyes’ first 13 points to open half two, and his 3-pointer at the 15:33 mark extended the lead to 60-32. Iowa pushed its lead to 30 (69-39) on a pair of Jok free throws with 11:22 to play and the Hawkeyes led by as many as 35 three times before winning 92-59.
Iowa (10-1) returns to action Friday, facing No. 16/17 Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, at 8:30 p.m. (CT) in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup.
“It means a lot, these games have always been exciting to be in,” said Basabe. “We need to go out and play hard and stick to what we do as a team, and that usually gives us a good shot at winning.
“We’ll come ready for battle Friday. You can’t talk too much or say what you’re going to do; it’s about going out and proving it.”