By Don Lund
The Iowa Hawkeye men’s team won a blowout at home and lost a heartbreaker at Iowa State last week.
The first game was a 92-59 big win against Fairleigh Dickenson.
You start out with five players in double-figures, the Iowa bench outscoring the starters and the Hawks controlling the boards, 54-32.
Melsahn Basabe, Jarrod Uthoff and Gabe Olaseni had double-doubles.
Mel had 11 points and 12 rebounds and Jarrod had 10 and 10, while Gabe totaled 14 points and 10 boards.
Mel brought a lot of energy, is shooting 54 percent from the floor and is third on the team with 75 rebounds. He does a good job starting the fast break with a rebound and sometimes finishes with a dunk.
The Hawks had 19 assists with Mike Gesell leading the way with five.
Peter Jok played 24 minutes, the most this season and scored 11 points.
Iowa will need Peter to step up during the Big Ten season and be a threat from the outside.
The 85-82 loss at Iowa State Friday is going to sting for a while.
If someone told me that Devyn Marble and Mike Gesell were shooting free throws with less than one minute left and Iowa was leading by one, I would have bet that the Hawkeyes would hold on to win.
Also, if someone told me that Zach McCabe would go scoreless…
For the season Devyn is shooting 66 percent from the free throw line. The worst part is when Devyn missed the free throw against the ‘Clones it was the front end of a one-and-one.
Mike is shooting 67 percent from the charity stripe.
I thought Mike did a good job for most of the game pushing the ball at a fast pace.
The 6-1 sophomore scored 11 points with six assists and no turnovers.
Aaron White had one of his best all-around games, scoring 25 points with 17 rebounds. He even hit a 3-pointer, his second of the year.
Can you imagine if Aaron could start hitting that outside shot, how tough he would be to defend?
When Aaron was a freshman he shot 28 percent (17-61) from 3-point range. His sophomore season it was 23 percent (15-66).
This year Aaron is 2-8 (25 percent).
Jarrod Uthoff leads the team in 3-point shooting, hitting 7-15 (47 percent) followed by Zach McCabe who is 16-37 (43 percent).
Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons are both shooting 40 percent from 3-point range.
Last year, the Hawks didn’t have anyone shoot over 40 percent from behind the arc as Eric May led the team shooting 39.5 percent.
Back to the Iowa State game, Iowa controlled the boards 49-35 and made more field goals, but for the first time all season were outscored from the bench, 19-18.
The ‘Clones also made 23 free throws, Iowa 14.
The Hawks have this week off and will play the Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa lost some close games last year but this year’s team has more talent and depth.
Josh Oglesby is expected to be back soon. He should add outside shooting and is a good perimeter defender.
The Big Ten is going to be tough, so the Hawkeyes can use all the help they can get.