Iowa Basketball Notebook: Brock U

The Iowa men's basketball team opened the season with an impressive 97-36 exhibition victory against Canada's Brock University. Senior Writer Rob Howe recounts the game with observations, statistics and more in this HN.com Notebook free to all visitors of Hawkeye Nation. We'll be providing these from each home game this season.

START ME UP: Iowa opened with game with Adam Haluska, Jeff Horner, Mike Henderson, Erek Hansen and Greg Brunner. It was the same starting lineup the Hawkeyes used at the end of last season. Senior Doug Thomas replaced Hansen and sophomore Alex Thompson checked in for Henderson during the first media timeout. That gave the Hawkeyes Thomas at center, Brunner at the 4, Thompson at the 3, Haluska at 2, and Horner running the point. That was 6-8, 6-7, 6-9, 6-5 and 6-3.

Tony Freeman replaced Horner and Carlton Reed gave Haluska a rest with about 12 ½ minutes remaining in the first half. Seth Gorney served as the 10th man, checking in for Brunner at the second media timeout.

Freshman Kurt Looby checked in to the game late in the first half. The 6-10 Antigua native picked off a pass, blocked a shot and grabbed a rebound in about a minute's time. He later tried a wild hook shot, grabbed his own board and missed the put-back.

In the second half, Looby blocked a couple of shots, tossed in a nice baseline turnaround J and delivered a put-back dunk. He definitely needs some work on his touch and free throw shooting. He finished with four points, four blocks and five boards.

DUNK YOU VERY MUCH: Thomas looked like he sculpted his body with a chisel during the off-season. Luckily, Thomas appeared to retain his hops.

With about 12 minutes left in the opening half, Brunner led a fast break where he could have easily gone in for two points despite a defender being on him. He instead dished the ball back to Thomas, who threw down a two-handed monster dunk.

Thomas scored seven points during his first stint in the game and finished with game-high 17. Thomas came back later for with a rim shaker off of fast-break pass from Horner. He finished with four dunks.

Horner lit up the crowd with a couple of fast break dunks of his own. The righty flushed both jams with his left hand.

FOUL PRONE: Hansen battled foul trouble during a large portion of last season. The Texan showed Thursday night that he still might have some work to do.

Hansen picked up his second foul at the 5:58 mark of the first half after having played only 8 minutes. The 6-11 senior led the Hawkeyes in personal fouls last season.

STEAL CITY: Iowa's starting backcourt of Horner and Henderson wreaked havoc on the Brock guards. The Hawkeye duo swiped a combined 10 steals in the game. They each had five as Iowa racked up 19 steals on the night.

TIP-INS: The crowd was announced at 8,321 but probably was around half of that…Iowa played all 16 of its players including 12 different players in the first half…Brock shot 25.5 percent for the game, including 14.8 from the floor in the second half…Ten different Iowa players scored at least five points. Ten different Hawkeyes grabbed at least three rebounds…Brock did not block a shot…Ed Hightower, Rick Hartzell and Dennis Brocco called the game…Iowa held a 50-16 edge on points in the paint, a 48-5 advantage in points off of turnovers and a 28-0 whitewash in fast break points. Iowa also held a 56-0 advantage in bench points and led by as many as 62.


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