Iowa sped out front early against Coppin State and did the same thing tonight against Marquette, just dominating from the outset en route to an 89-61 win.
The Hawkeyes put together a dominant performance in the first half that lead the way. They outscored the Golden Eagles 48-21 in the first frame and had 14 assists on 19 of their made shots. They've shared the ball early and often this season. It was also the defense forcing turnover after turnover by Marquette. Iowa only had 2 turnovers of their own in the first 20 minutes but Marquette had 11 and they lead to a lot of easy baskets. Iowa did finish the game with 12 turnovers while the Golden Eagles finished with 19.
They responded to a Marquette run to begin the second half and maintained their comfortable lead the rest of the game. They lead by as few as 19 in the second half and as many as 35.
The turnover margin wasn't the only big discrepancy in the game. The shooting was a huge mismatch as well, especially at the three-point line. The Hawkeyes shot 55 percent overall and 55 percent from beyond the arc at a 12-22 clip. Marquette only shot 39 percent from the field and an abysmal 22 percent from outside the three-point line.
The most impressive performances of the night came from Iowa's guards, Anthony Clemmons and Mike Gesell. Clemmons had an impressive line with 11 points and 7 assists while Mike Gesell's line was just as impressive with 11 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. They set the table for Iowa and jumpstarted everything. The two point guards had their hand in everything the Hawkeyes did, especially on the defensive end. Clemmons had 3 steals while Gesell had 4.
The starting five took care of the majority of the scoring for the Hawkeyes. Peter Jok finished with 20, Jarrod Uthoff with 15, 11 from Clemmons and Gesell, and 10 from Woodbury. A sixth was in double figures as Dom Uhl provided 10 points off the bench.
What also aided Iowa's effort was being to eliminate the size advantage Marquette had. The Golden Eagles start two guys at 6-foot-11 but Henry Ellenson was contained and Luke Fischer was in foul trouble all night. Adam Woodbury's presence inside has been overlooked so far this season but he was excellent once again. His defense, fundamental basketball, steady play, and his ability to stay out of foul trouble has been key.
The Hawkeyes are now 3-0 with wins over Gardner-Webb and Coppin State in addition to Gardner-Webb. Their next contest will be in a week from tonight when they face off against Dayton in Orlando.