Iowa's Comeback Falls Short

Iowa's comeback falls short as they fall to Dayton

Iowa shot the ball well but it was not enough to complete the comeback as they fall to Dayton in the first round of the AdvoCare Invitational. The Flyers pull out the win ..... It was a game that was very winnable for the Hawkeyes but their slow start in the second half ended up being too much to overcome.

It was a combination of foul trouble and defense that let Iowa down. Two early fouls on guard Mike Gesell and center Adam Woodbury caused their minutes to take a tremendous hit and leave them very limited in the contest. Gesell only tallied 15 minutes with Woodbury compiling 23. 

Defensively, it was a poor performance from Iowa. Aside from the foul trouble they got themselves into, they gave up too many easy buckets. The Flyers outscored the Hawkeyes in the paint 34-14. Without Woodbury's presence in the paint, Iowa was void of a rim protector. They tried to mask that by using a zone defense but Dayton was up to to the task with attacking it with precision. The dribble-drive defense was also inept from Iowa and the help defense was ineffective without Woodbury on the floor for a large portion of the game. 

Some of it is due in part to the quickness of the Dayton guards. Scoochie Smith is one of the best in America at penetrating and Gesell's absence did not help matters. 

The Flyers' Charles Cooke lead all scorers with 22. Dayton also received 16 from Kyle Davis and Kendall Pollard. The Hawkeyes were lead by Jarrod Uthoff's 18 points but most of those came in the game's first 10 minutes. Most of Peter Jok's 12 points also came early. Anthony Clemmons finished with 11.

Iowa falls to 3-1 and will face Notre Dame on Friday in their second game of the tournament. The Fighting Irish lost ot Monmouth in their opener of the tournament. 

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