Nov. 29, 2014
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By JAMES ALLAN
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s basketball team won its third straight game, cruising to a 77-44 victory over Longwood on Saturday afternoon on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
It was Iowa’s third win in six days.
“It has been a tough stretch, physically it has been draining, but we really locked in to the game play these three games,” said UI head coach Fran McCaffery. “Our guys, they compete.”
Senior Aaron White led a trio of Hawkeyes in double figures and 11 players scored. White made 8-of-12 field goals en route to 19 points, junior Jarrod Uthoff scored 11 points and had six rebounds, and senior Gabriel Olaseni finished with 10 points and six rebounds.
Iowa showcased its depth with its reserves nearly out-scoring Longwood by itself, finishing with a 40-7 scoring advantage.
“We didn’t shoot well in the first half, and we had to be locked in defensively to have the lead,” said McCaffery. “Our attention to detail has been good, and we’re getting good stuff rom a lot of different people. That’s who we are.”
The Hawkeyes shot 43.7 percent from the floor and made nine 3-pointers (in 30 attempts) — three from Uthoff and three from senior Josh Oglesby. Iowa assisted on 21 of its 31 field goals.
“The 9-of-30 from 3-point range doesn’t look good, but they played zone,” said McCaffery. “I would be more upset if we were taking bad 3s. I wish we would have shot it a bit better, but we played well enough to get a 30-point win.”
Iowa’s defense held Longwood to a 31.3 field goal percentage and the Lancers went 4-for-10 from long range. Longwood committed 20 turnovers; Iowa had a season-low seven turnovers.
The Hawkeyes had a 20-7 advantage in points off turnovers.
Iowa led 18-16 at the 9:28 mark of the first half; four minutes later a Uthoff 3-pointer pushed the Hawkeye lead to 28-18. Iowa closed out the first half with a 19-4 run to take a 37-22 lead into the locker room.
The Hawkeyes scored seven-straight points over the first two minutes of the second half to open a 44-22 advantage. Longwood never got any closer than 17 points (48-31 – 12:28) and Iowa led by as many as 36 — 75-39 on a Brady Ellingson 3-pointer at the 3:17 mark.
Iowa (5-2) returns to action Wednesday, heading to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at 6:30 p.m. (CT).