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Hawkeyes Rout UNC-Wilmington In Opener

It didn’t take long for the Iowa Hawkeye Men’s Basketball team to get rolling Friday night at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.  Behind at packed house they Hawkeyes were about to rout the Seahawks by a score of 82-39.

There was a buzz in the air and you could feel it right from  the get go.  Iowa jumped out to a 9-2 lead early on that forced Seahawk Buzz Peterson to take aa timeout.  The run was fueled by Melsahn Basabe who had four early points and capped by an Aaron White dunk that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

With about nine minutes left in the first half, talented freshman Peter Jok hit his first three-point field goal of his Iowa career that caused Carver to explode once more.  The Hawkeyes did a good job getting out in transition in the first half and were absolutely relentless on defense as the Seahawks shot a measely 19% for the half.  Iowa took a 48-12 lead into the locker room.

It was more of the same in the second half as it took until the under 16 media timeout for a Hawkeye player to jump into double figures, that speaks to the balance of this team.  Every Hawkeye that saw the floor in the first half, recorded a point.

There were points in both halves when the team got a little sloppy,  but they did a good job keeping their composure when rough patches did occur.

Every Hawkeye fan now knows why Bo Ryan was so disgruntled when, now Hawkeye forward, Jarrod Uthoff wanted to transfer from the University of Wisconsin.  In Uthoff’s first collegiate game he tallied 14 points, 7 rebounds, and four blocks.  Freshman Peter Jok recorded 11 points in his debut.

This team will now turn right around as they have a day to prepare for the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  The tip-off for that game is scheduled for Sunday Novermber 10th at 3:30 p.m. CT.