Iowa Basketball: Hawkeye Defense Struggles in loss to Seton Hall

Iowa hosted Seton Hall in this years Gavitt Games on Thursday night in a battle of two teams that like to get up and down the court.

This was the first real test for the young Hawkeyes. After losing four starters from last years team, the Hawkeyes are in a bit of a rebuilding stage. They retained talented scorer Peter Jok, but he will need help throughout the season.

Iowa got out to a fast start grabbing seven points before Seton Hall had even scored a bucket. Tyler Cook had seven points in the first eight minutes and Iowa was out to a 15-13 lead at the under 12 media timeout. Around the middle of the first half it became apparent that Seton Hall was going to be able to get to the rim whenever they wanted.

Seton Hall chipped away at that Iowa early lead and late in the second half, took it from Iowa. The Hawkeyes went on a little 6-0 run, over about 48 seconds, with under four minutes left in the half and that forced Seton Hall to take a timeout. 

When the first twenty minutes of action were all said and done, he Hawkeyes found themselves up two at 44-42. However, there were some glaring things Iowa needed to fix.

The Hall opened up the second half hot and Iowa came out a bit flat. The Pirates had retaken the lead from Iowa early in the second half and never really looked back. 

They went on a couple of runs, including an 8-0 run in the middle of the second half. The Hawkeyes went scoreless for nearly three minutes during that run. 

The story was Seton Hall shooting over 55% over the course of the first 10 minutes of the second half and Iowa shooting down in the 20's. At the under eight timeout, the Hawkeyes had the lead down to three, but would go scoreless for another three minutes after that. 

Iowa kept it close for the remaining five minutes or so, but Seton Hall was just too much to handle on offense for the Hawkeyes. The Pirates wound up defeating the Hawkeyes by a final score of 91-83.

Peter Jok led the way with 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists while Tyler Cook chipped in 24 points. For Seton Hall, they had three players score 20 or more points. It was Myles Powell, Desi Rodriguez, and Khadeen Carrington. Powell had 26, Rodriguez totaled 25, and Carrington finished with 20. 

The Pirates finished with a 50-24 advantage in terms of points in the paint and also shot 66% in the second half to Iowa's 39%.

For Iowa, they'll be back in action on Sunday against Texas Rio Grande Valley. That tips off at 4:35 p.m. inside Carver Hawkeye Arena.

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