The Iowa Hawkeyes got one final tune up before embarking on Big Ten play. They welcomed the 3-10 Delaware State Hornets to town and were in control from the tip.
The Hornets came out in a zone against Iowa and starting point guard, Jordan Bohannon promptly knocked down a three 27 seconds into the game to give Iowa the early lead. From there the Hawkeyes took off.
Isaiah Moss had the next five Iowa points on two buckets and a free throw. The Hawkeyes got out in transition and Moss showed the ability to finish at the rim as he has ever since he was thrust into the starting lineup a few weeks ago.
The Hornets stayed in the zone and Iowa continued to make them pay. Peter Jok hit a couple of three point baskets that started a big run for Iowa. The Hawkeyes went on an 18-0 run from the 12:42 mark to the 4:36 mark when a free throw by Devin Morgan snapped the lengthy run. The Hornets went nearly 12 minutes without connecting on a field goal in the first half.
This is the second straight game in which Iowa went on a long run in the first half of play.
The Hawkeyes took a 43-20 lead into the locker room.
Peter Jok, who left the game in the first half with an apparent hip injury, scored five quick points in the second half proving he's going to be just fine. A steal and a bucket to go along with a three pointer got the scoring started for the Hawkeyes in the second half as they continued to pull away from Delaware State.
Iowa's lead was never in jeopardy, but Fran McCaffery was not pleased with how his team played for a majority of the middle part of the half. They weren't handling the pressure DSU was throwing at them well and guys did not seem to know where they needed to be in the press break.
The lead only got down to about 21, but Iowa was definitely sloppy for a solid part of the second half.
Iowa finished the game out with the starters resting comfortably on the bench allowing guys like Ryan Kriener and Maishe Dailey to play some nice minutes. The Hawkeyes defeated the Hornets by a final of 89-57.
Peter Jok led the way with 17 points for Iowa. Ahmad Wagner poured in 12, while Isaiah Moss had 10.
Iowa will now take on Purdue next Wednesday in their Big Ten opener. That game tips off at 7:30 pm CT in West Lafayette, IN.