Iowa Destroys Drake

The Hawkeyes beat Drake in every imaginable way Wednesday night in a 101-59 drubbing. Luke Recker and Reggie Evans led the way with 24 and 19 points, respectively. With two straight convincing wins against in-state opponents, Iowa showed that they are the dominant team in the state of Iowa.

Recker helped start the Hawkeye barrage by making his first five shots, including two three-pointers. However, it was a team effort during a 16-0 run that blew the game wide open, as 5 different players scored during the spree. Then, a monstrous two-handed block by Glen Worley led to a dunk by Evans. At the half, Iowa had rolled to a 55-30 lead, and 3 Hawkeyes were already scoring in double figures, as Recker had 19, Pierre Pierce had 11, and Evans 10.

The second half featured more of the same, as Iowa increased the 25-point lead to as many as 46 late in the half. Brody Boyd stepped up with two straight treys, and Sean Sonderleiter was surprisingly dominant, though Drake was probably mailing in their performance at that point. Sonderleiter finished with 9 points, including a huge two-handed slam while being fouled. The Bulldogs couldn't even match their first-half total of 30 points, as they only managed 29 points after the break. It was easily the best 40-minute performance of the year for Iowa.

The Hawkeyes dominated in every possible statistical category Wednesday night. They commanded the boards, with a 42-23 advantage. Amazingly, every Iowa player who played grabbed at least two rebounds, led by Evans's 10 and Worley's 7. They had a remarkable 25 assists to Drake's 17, and their shooting was 9-19 from beyond the arc, compared to 8-24 for Drake. On defense, they excelled, forcing 18 turnovers while only committing 10 of their own. No matter how anybody looks at the numbers, Iowa came out on top in a big way.

Up next for the Hawkeyes is a huge battle at #3 Missouri. The Hawkeyes are looking to avenge a heart-breaking collapse that led to a 78-77 Tiger victory, but winning in Columbia is always a tall task. Nonetheless, if Iowa can keep up their recent momentum, anything is possible!

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