IOWA CITY, Iowa - An overmatched and undersized Alcorn State team forced Iowa into playing its style early in Tuesday night's contest. The strategy proved futile in the end.
The Hawkeyes settled down after early impatience and rolled to a 67-44 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. They won for the sixth time in a row, their longest streak since claiming the first seven contests of last season.
"They really wanted to slow the ball down tonight," Iowa Guard Mike Gesell said. "It was just one of those games where we had to try to keep our tempo, try to play our game. At the beginning of the game, we were kind of playing at their tempo. Second half, I think we did a lot better job."
The Braves (1-6) started the game utilizing most of the 35-second shot clock on offense and settling into a zone defense to slow high-scoring Iowa. It worked through three quarters of the first half. The Hawkeyes clung to a 23-18 advantage with 5:36 to play before the intermission.
Iowa began to find openings in the opponent's alignment, however. It finished the opening half on a 12-2 run to grab a 35-20 lead.
"I thought we started off pretty slow and that's what kind of let them dictate the tempo," Hawkeye Forward Jarrod Uthoff said. "After that, we really locked in and took it to them."
White's next two from the line were sandwiched around a Jarrod Uthoff step-in jumper and a three-pointer from the wing. Uthoff finished off the half with a driving left-handed lay-up from the right wing.
White (13) and Uthoff (11) combined for 24 of their team's 35 first-half points. They finished with 15 and 13, respectively, playing very little after the intermission.
Iowa put the game away with a burst coming out of the locker room. Mike Gesell hit a driving lay-up and then fed Gabe Olaseni for a fast-break dunk to push the home team lead to 47-27 size minutes into the second half. The Hawkeyes coasted from that point.
"We really moved the ball good," Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said. "We had great shot opportunities the whole second half."
Gabe Olaseni continued his strong play for the Hawkeyes (8-2), scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds off the bench. It was his second double-double of the season and the sixth of his career.
Freshman reserve Dominique Uhl contributed a career-high 11 points and six boards for the winners.
Alcorn State shot just 33 percent from the floor (19-58) and missed all eight of its three-point attempts. The Hawkeyes won the rebounding battle, 45-34.
Iowa struggled against the Braves' zone, shooting 3 of 19 (15.8 percent) from behind the arc. Josh Oglesby missed all five of his trey attempts and Peter Jok was 1 of 5.
The Hawkeyes return to the court Friday night when they play host to rival Iowa State (7 p.m., BTN). The 14th-ranked Cyclones came from behind to win last year's game, 85-82, in Ames.
"I think in a lot of people's mind, including mine, we should have won that game," Uthoff said. "There's no reason we should have lost. Looking forward to a little redemption."
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