IOWA CITY, Iowa - The last time Iowa lost a season opener, Jimmy Carter was in the White House and the Sex Pistols arrived in America for their first tour. That was until Sunday night here at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The University of Texas-San Antonio upset the Hawkeyes, 62-50, in front an announced crowd of 8.486. The actual attendance probably was half of that.
"I've set almost every record so far in that context while I've been here," said Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter after Iowa lost its opener at home for the first time in 47 years. "Two years of losing, I think we lost the most games. There's nothing we can do about it. I thought our guys defended well and San Antonio was better than us. And that's that. There's nothing we can do about it."
Iowa was led by a pair of freshman. Eric May netted 13 points in his debut, while Cully Payne added 12. The Hawkeyes shot a miserable 5 for 27 from the 3-point area. Veterans Matt Gatens and Anthony Tucker, normally strong outside shooters, missed 13 of 15 attempts from beyond the arc.
Jarryd Cole pulled down 13 rebounds for Iowa. May grabbed seven.
Iowa will play host to Duquesne at 8:05 p.m. on Tuesday in another round of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.
-2010 Iowa commitment Zach McCabe took in the home opener from behind the Hawkeye bench.
-Anthony Tucker started the game in place of Devan Bawinkle, who was listed on the first team in the pregame notes. Matt Gatens, Aaron Fuller, Jarryd Cole and Cully Payne joined Tucker on the floor to start the game.
-Tucker backed up Payne at the point guard spot. John Lickliter, who was the No. 2 lead guard in the exhibition game, did not play.
-Iowa trailed 28-26 at halftime.
-Iowa shot 3 of 14 from behind the arc in the first half.
-Freshman Brennan Cougill played just four minutes, none of which came in the second half. Lickliter apologized for not getting the Sioux City Heelan product more time.
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