Does Tony Freeman remind you of another guy you played with from Mason City?
Yeah, I said this summer that he reminds me a lot of Dean (Oliver). He's just so quick with the ball. When he plays under control, he's a very good point guard. He's been struggling in practice a little bit, but when he gets in games he makes the right decisions. Right now, that's all that matters.
He shot the ball fairly well tonight and had five rebounds. He's playing really well. We need him to do that because Carlton Reed is out right now.
This team seems so unselfish. Is it fun being a leader?
Oh yeah, it's awesome. Nobody is out there trying to get their own shot. It's just a lot of fun playing out there because you know that if you're open and you've got a shot you know that you're going to get that shot.
Colgate, do you know anything about them and how quick can you learn about a team?
We'll learn about them at 3 o'clock (Tuesday). I'm not sure what they're doing. We've just got to be ready for anything. I'm sure coach will stay up all night looking for stuff. We're pretty excited to play and get a chance to get to Kansas City.
Which tooth did you lose?
I lost this one right here (points to front right on top).
So what did you have done?
It's just a temporary one right now. You can tell when you really look at it. It's way whiter than my other one. In two weeks they'll fix it. They have to see if they have to do any more root canals. I had two done that night, which was a lot of fun.
Did you know right when you hit that a tooth was out?
Yeah, I knew it right away. Then, I felt it and I was like, "Ah." I fractured this one, too. (points to other top front tooth) It was a good night. (Laughs)
Can you talk about the pass to Doug for the dunk (see description of play below in the Notes)?
Everybody knows that he can jump his butt off. So, I seen him running down the middle and he kept calling my name. So, I thought that I would do something creative without even thinking about it.
I was biting my tongue. I knew that if he missed that pass I would be on the bench for the whole game. I tried to throw it the best way I could. He caught it and put it down as hard as he could.
How did you know where to throw the pass?
You guys know Doug. He catches the ball from anywhere. He has a good 40-inch vertical off of that one step. It didn't take much. I just threw it the best way that I could without even thinking about it.
Do you find yourself being more creative when Doug is on the court
He does bring a little spark to the game with his intensity. We all kind of feed off of that. The guys off of the bench just come in and do the best that they can.
It will be pretty risky. If I know he's in the vicinity, I'll try to throw it to him the best way that I can. I always try to make the best decision possible on the break.
Iowa Coach Steve Alford said Looby likely would be redshirting and confirmed that again in the postgame. The coach also announced they will make a decision soon on Angle redshirting. Reed was held out with a bruised tailbone.
THE THOMAS-O-METER: Doug threw down two dunks Monday night. He also took part in the play of the game.
Freshman point guard Tony Freeman picked off a pass, dribbled it down the court and through the lane as he was going in for a lay-up. Instead, he bounced the ball off of the backboard to a trailing Thomas, who promptly delivered a two-handed tomahawk dunk.
Thomas finished with four points (2-2 from the floor), 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in 19 minutes.
TONY THE TIGER: Freeman continued to impress with his play Monday. In addition to the highlight pass to Thomas, he broke down the MES 2-3 zone defense with penetration and handed out some fine passes.
Freeman logged 14 minutes in the first half, taking time away from starter Mike Henderson. Alford seemed upset with his first-teamer's play and pulled him just three minutes into the game.
Freeman handed out five dimes without a turnover to go along with five points in 14 first-half minutes. Henderson played 11 minutes, scoring two and adding an assist.
Freeman finished with seven points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals with one turnover in 22 minutes. Henderson wound up with 10 points, four boards, three assists, two steals and a turnover in 22 minutes.
ROTATION STATION: Freeman checked in first. Thomas and Alex Thompson then replaced Erek Hansen and Adam Haluska, respectively around the 16-minute mark. Seth Gorney gave Greg Brunner his first break after seven minutes.
Alford played seven different Hawkeyes at least 11 minutes before the intermission. He sent in Justin Wieck for the final minute of the opening half.
Iowa played its starters sparingly in the second half, but they were in the game up 70-31 with 8:10 left in the game. Brunner came out with about 6 ½ minutes left, Horner and Henderson were pulled at just under 6, and Hansen and Haluska came out at 5:10 with Iowa ahead 80-34. Bettendorf's Brett Wessels, a walk-on, played the final three minutes for the Hawks.
FOUL BALL: Hansen, who led Iowa in personal fouls last season, committed three fouls in four first-half minutes. He also turned the ball over twice.
Hansen responded with five points and a block in the first five minutes of the second half.
TIP-INS: Iowa switched its opening tip music to the Who's "Eminence Front"…the Iowa pep band didn't play at the game…Referees whistled Eastern Shore carrying the ball three times. It also was called several times in Iowa's exhibition games and likely a point of interest this season for the officials…The Hawks led 44-20 at halftime. They forced MES into 14 turnovers and held the opponent to 33.3 field goal shooting before the break…Brunner scored 11 points and added six rebounds in 13 first-half minutes…the crowd was announced at 8,553. It looked to be a few thousand short of that number…Alford cheered and gave Thomas a high five after the senior dove for a loose ball and called a timeout with his team up by 33 points…MES started the game playing man-to-man defense but quickly fell into a 2-3 zone after the Hawks beat them several times on back door plays…backup center Seth Gorney scored 10 points (5 for 5 from the field) and grabbed five boards in 11 minutes.