Tuesday's Foe, Iowa, Loses Opener to UTSA

Duquesne will travel to Iowa City to take on the Big Ten's Hawkeyes in the Dukes' first "O'Reilly Auto Parts College Basketball Experience Classic" game this Tuesday. Iowa's first CBE game was Sunday at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena against Texas-San Antonio. UTSA upset Iowa, 62-50. This story also includes a description of the CBE tournament brackets.

UTSA/UI Game Box Score | | UI recap
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Like Nicholls State, Duquesne's season opening opponent, Texas-San Antonio is a member of the Southland Conference. (The Dukes won, 85-62, Friday night at the Palumbo Center - story.)

The UTSA Roadrunners, who finished last season with a 19-13 record, 8-8 in Southland play, took the lead for good, 21-19, at 5:12 of the first half on Melvin Johnson's three pointer. Iowa's largest lead had been six points earlier in the period.

UTSA extended their first half advantage to six points before settling on a 28-26 edge at the half.

Each team missed a shot and turned the ball over at the start of the second half before UTSA's Omar Johnson hit a trey at 18:44. Iowa cut the margin back to two on Cully Payne's traditional three-point play 17 seconds later. The Roadrunners responded with a 14-0 run for a 47-32 lead, 13:34 on the clock.

The Hawkeyes put together an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 54-49 (5 points) with 4:25 left to play. Texas-San Antonio's closed out the game with an 8-1 run for the final score of 62-50.

Iowa, a 17-point favorite heading into the contest, had its 46-game home opener and 31-game season opener winning streaks halted. The was UTSA's first win against a school from the Big Ten conference and stopped the Roadrunners' seven-game losing streak in road openers.

The Hawkeyes shot 34.0 percent from the floor, 18.5% (5-27) from beyond the arc. UTSA was a bit better overall (39.6%) and had a substantial advantage on three-pointers at 45.0 percent (9-20). The Big Ten squad finished with an 11 rebound edge, 14-6 on the offensive boards, but had seven fewer steals and eight more turnovers.

UTSA, picked to finish third in their league's west division preseason poll, had five players score; all hit double figures led by Morris Smith's 16 points. Devin Gibson handed out seven assists and Terry Fields had four steals.

Two freshmen led the Hawkeye scoring: Eric May with 13 and Payne added 12 points. Jarryd Cole, a 6-foot-7, 250 pound junior, grabbed 13 rebounds to go along with two blocks. May and sophomore Matt Gatens were credited with three assists each. Eight players saw action for UI, seven for UTSA.

The Hawkeyes were 15-17, 5-12 in the Big Ten, in 2008-09. Guards Gatens and classmate Anthony Tucker are Iowa's top returning scorers.

Iowa is the 10th ranked team in the ESPN/Sagarin all-time rankings; Duquesne is number 67. Iowa is 92 in the current Sagarin ratings, Duquesne is 111.

College Basketball Experience

The College Basketball Experience (CBE) has a unique setup. Iowa is one the four seeded teams that will play in the tournament's final four in Kansas City on November 23-24, 2009. Each of these (Pitt, Texas and Wichita State are the others) hosts two preliminary games, Duquesne is Iowa's second CBE contest.

The eight non-seeded teams will play at one of two so-called subregional sites, separate from the CBE semis and finals described above, and structurally similar to consolation brackets.

Dukes will play, also beginning November 23rd, at Western Carolina in Cullowhee, N.C.. The other two teams are Binghamton and Arkansas Monticello.

The other subregional will be held at Eastern Kentucky in Richmond, Ky., along with Fairleigh Dickinson, UC Irvine and UTSA.

In today's other CBE preliminary games, Texas topped UC Irvine, 89-42, and Wichita State downed Farleigh Dickinson, 80-64.