IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa men’s basketball team defeated Quincy in an exhibition, 103-76, on Monday night on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Quincy jumped out to an early 16-6 lead over the first five minutes before Iowa battled back, led by brothers Payton and Pryce Sandfort in the first half.
Junior Payton Sandfort scored a team-high 11 points in the first period. Then, with under nine minutes remaining in the half, a 3-pointer from freshman Pryce Sandfort gave the Hawkeyes the lead.
Iowa never looked back, taking a 49-32 advantage into halftime. Iowa led for the rest of the game and the advantage reached as many as 31 points in the second half.
The Hawkeyes finished with a 46-33 advantage on the glass.
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Senior Patrick McCaffery finished as the game’s leading scorer with 16 points. McCaffery shot 4-of-7 (57 percent) from the field and 7-of-7 from the free throw line.
Graduate student Ben Krikke was the next-leading scorer with 14 points to go along with seven rebounds.
Pryce Sandfort led the way from deep, knocking down 4-of-5 (80 percent) of his triples.
Freshman Owen Freeman made an instant impact, scoring 12 points and grabbing four rebounds, while senior Tony Perkins added 10 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists.
Sophomore Josh Dix chipped in with 10 points and four rebounds, while freshman Brock Harding led the team in assists, dishing out four.
Fourteen of 16 Hawkeyes saw game action. Twelve Iowa players scored en route to the 27-point victory.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH FRAN MCCAFFERY
“(The freshman) were brought in here with that expectation (of playing) by the staff. I think their expectation is they are going to play. They have been terrific from day one. There hasn’t been much difference, no matter how I split the teams up. Those guys can all make plays for each other. They can all make shots. There is a sense of toughness and mindset that they have. They are all winners. In high-school they were big winners. Obviously, it makes us a lot bigger.”
- Iowa trailed 16-6 over the first 5:03 before outscoring Quincy, 43-16, over the final 15 minutes.
- Over the final 35 minutes, Iowa outscored the Hawks, 97-60.
- Seven Hawkeyes finished in double figures in the game – Patrick McCaffery (16), Ben Krikke (14), Payton Sandfort (13), Owen Freeman (12), Josh Dix (10) and Tony Perkins (10).
- Freeman and Krikke both had seven rebounds to lead the team.
- Iowa had a total of 12 players score in the game.
- The reserves scored 44 points and the team scored 50 points in the paint.
- Iowa had 21 assists on its 34 field goals with nine different players registering at least one assist.
- The Hawkeyes shot 53.1 percent from the field (34-of-64) and made seven 3-point field goals.
- The Hawkeyes were in the bonus for the final 9:08 of the first half and 15:51 of the second.
- Iowa got to the free throw line 41 times in the game, but made just 28-of-41 attempts.
- Iowa went on a 13-0 run in the first half, turning a two-point advantage into a 44-29 lead.
- Defensively, Iowa limited Quincy to 11 points over the final 10 minutes and 16 points over the final 15 minutes of the first half.
- Quincy shot 38.8 percent for the game, but 14 of their field goals came from 3-point range.
The Hawkeyes tip off the regular season against North Dakota at 7 p.m. (CT) on Nov. 7 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.