Are you looking forward to stiffer competition on South Padre Island?
We‘re ready. These four games have helped us out a lot. Adversity like today, overcoming being down, we're going to come through when we go to South Padre.
What does that mean to be playing come of these name schools?
I mean, we‘re waiting for them. All we can do is play basketball. Coach Lickliter is going to show us the way. All we have to do is just listen to him.
What specific ways do you feel this team has progressed from the first game to now?
We progressed in defense. We‘ve been doing good on defense. Offensively, we‘re doing better setting screens. We‘re been getting good scouting reports. Overall, we just all have to work together. We‘re doing a good job of that of playing team ball.
On a night when the offense starts out slow, like tonight, how important is it to play strong defense?
The offense was slow. We just let our defense talk. We came out in the second half and did better offensively. But we know we have to come out more aggressively in the first half.
With Tony out, are there times when you feel like you need to put this team on your shoulders?
At times, but it‘s a team game. Everybody is capable of scoring. But we need Tony. Tony does a good job of pumping us up before the game. Having Tony will be a plus, but we have to play as a team.
What happened early in the game?
Rough start. They were mixing up good pressure on defense. They were playing man and then the next second they‘d be playing zone. At first, we didn‘t recognize that. That hindered our offense for a little bit. Once we figured that out, we started to get into a little bit of a flow in the second half.
What did you think of No. 5 for them, Tyson?
He‘s a good shooter. I‘m going to take most of the responsibility for that. I let him get started with that first shot and then he got confidence. He gave me a jab step and hit a three over me. Coach told me before the game that he was going to jab step and go right. On the very first play, he got me and then caught fire.
You guys have held four straight opponents under 50. Can you talk about the defense if you would?
I appreciate my teammates because we‘re all working together. We‘re picking up Coach Lickliter‘s system pretty fast. We‘re working together. That‘s our goal. Tonight, with a minute left they had 47, we knew we were going to win, but a few of us got together and said we‘re not going to let them score 50. We had a little game at the end to keep our defense going.
Not to demean the first four teams that you played, but are you ready for stiffer competition?
I would. I think we need a better team in to test us. It seems like we may be playing to the level of the competition. Bradley would be a very good test for us.
What was it that got you guys going offensively?
In the second half, it was Kurt‘s dunk at the beginning. Justin Johnson set a great pick for him and just got him open. Whenever Kurt dunks it, that really helps us and gets our energy and get us into the game. That was big boost and then we got another one from him later on and then Justin Johnson started catching fire.
ROTATION: J.R. Angle, who had only played in one of the first three games, was the first man off of the Iowa bench on Tuesday. He replaced Dan Bohall at the 17:24 mark of the first half. The junior had played one minute before Tuesday, but logged 11 against UMES, registering one turnover.
David Palmer, who like Angle had only played one minutes prior to Tuesday, entered the game at the 7:45 mark of the first half. The sophomore played five minutes on Tuesday, grabbing one rebound.
Iowa did not score until Tate connected on 1 of 2 free throws with 13:25 left in the first half. Jake Kelly hit Iowa's first field goal - a three - at the 12:28 mark.
Peterson picked up his fourth foul early in the second half and went to the bench. Kelly came in. He, Johnson and Bohall all handled it as UMES quickly applied full-court pressure.
Peterson returned late in the half before fouling out with a minute to play. He looked hampered by his sprained right thumb for a second game in a row. The freshman finished with a season-low two points, one assist and two turnovers in 23 minutes (16 of those game before the intermission).
Tate went to the bench after picking up his fourth foul with 12 minutes left in the game.
Jarryd Cole came up with a huge putback basket and free throw with 5:20 left in the game to give Iowa a 46-39 lead. The freshman forward then pulled down the rebound on the visitors' next possession and got it to Peterson, who was fouled and sank 2 FT for a nine-point lead.
UMES guard Ed Tyson was the first Iowa opponent to score 30 or more points since Northwestern's Vedran Vukusic netted 32 on Jan. 26, 2005. Tyson finished up with 32 on 11 of 24 shots from the floor (7 of 10 from beyond the arc).
Iowa held an opponent under 50 points for the fourth time in a row for the first time since enjoying a streak of seven consecutive in 1948. The Hawkeyes won six of those contests.
The Hawkeyes' 65 points represented a season-high output, which was impressed considering they scored 21 in the first half.
Iowa outscored UMES, 26-5, from the foul line, and 23-3 in bench points. Tate (nine), Kelly (eight) and Cole (six) were the main bench support. Cole (seven) and Kelly (five) also chipped in on the boards.
Johnson led the Hawkeyes with 19 points, while Bohall contributed 10.