In the toughest exhibition challenge the Iowa Hawkeyes have faced in Carver Hawkeye Arena, the Harlem Globetrotters defeated Iowa, 79-76.
In what proved to be a game, in which the Hawks depended most on their two star players, Luke Recker and Reggie Evans, a valiant team effort by the Harlem Globetrotters proved to be just too much. Luke Recker was the Hawk's leading scorer with 25 points and Reggie once again had another double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
After having an almost flawless game against the Chicago All-Stars, freshman point guard Pierre Pierce came back down to reality a bit as he faced some struggles on the offensive side of the ball. Pierce, once again, did a good job of handling the ball and directing the offense, but came up a little short ended on the free throw line and in hitting some open shots.
Chauncey Leslie came in as a "sparkplug", and proved to be our most effective penetrator against a very quick guard, Kareem Reid. Chauncey dazzled the crowd with a few of his moves, and really looks to be a very exciting performer this season.
The big men once again didn't show up with stellar performances, so Alford used a small line-up a lot in the 2nd half. It will still be interesting to see if the Hawks can manage to find someone effective enough to score down low to compliment Reggie Evans. While Iowa does appear to be the "Two-Headed Monster", I think Coach Alford would feel a little better knowing he had a proven 3rd and 4th option.
Maybe the best thing that could have happened for the Hawks was to face a tough loss early in exhibition play, as now Coach Alford will have his troops prepared much better heading into the season.
INJURY REPORT: HawkTalkOnline.com has learned that Brody Boyd's MRI turned out to be negative. It was learned that Brody just has some chronic pain that will always be in his knee, however, nothing serious appears to be wrong at this time.