The Iowa Basketball team knew that they were going to be in for an up and down game on Sunday afternoon. The Savannah State Tigers make their living on attempting to turn you over and shooting the three. They sped the game up on Friday night against Iowa State and it didn't work so well for them.
They were in store for more of the same as the game progressed inside Carver Hawkeye Arena on Sunday.
All of a sudden it was the Hawkeyes that were chucking up a bunch of three pointers, 43 to be exact, and they turned the Tigers over 20 times. The Hawkeyes came out of the gate firing as their first nine shots were three point field goals. Nicholas Baer was able to bury two of them in the early going as Iowa dealt with SSU's zone.
The Hawkeyes did a good job of not letting themselves get out of control. For a younger group, when a press is thrown at you it can speed you up, but that was not the case for Iowa's young ball handlers. Jordan Bohannon and Christian Williams combined for 11 assists and just one turnover in the game. They did an excellent job handling SSU's zone press and their half court pressure in general.
Brady Ellingson and Cordell Pemsl stole the show in the first half. Ellingson scored 21 of his game high 23 points on 6-8 shooting in the first half, including 4-6 from beyond the arc. Pemsl, like Ellingson, was instant offense in the first half. He scored 10 points on 4-4 shooting on his way to 18 total points and nine rebounds.
Iowa used a 59 point first half to build a 20 point lead heading into the locker room.
The Hawks then used a 13-4 run, fueled by Tyler Cook, out of the locker room to build a 29 point lead. Their lead never really got below about 25 points and ballooned above 30 several different times. The Hawkeyes were in constant control throughout the second half.
Iowa ended the game +12 in rebounding margin after being -8 at the half. They recorded 33 assists on 42 made baskets in what was an outstanding display of unselfish basketball in a 116-84 win.
Tyler Cook and Peter Jok joined Ellingson and Pemsl in double figures. Cook finished with 14 points, including a couple of monster dunks, and Jok ended with 13.
The Hawkeyes will be back in action on Thursday evening when they welcome in the Seton Hall Pirates in the first round of the Gavitt Games. Tip off is set for 8 p.m. inside Carver Hawkeye Arena.null