The Iowa Hawkeyes rolled to victory over the Maryland Eastern-Shore Hawks on Thursday night behind Aaron White’s 22 points and Mike Gesell’s early spark. The Hawkeyes won the game by a score of 109-63.
Gesell, who had his struggles in the first two contests for the Hawkeyes, came out firing right away. He had 8 points and four assists in the first five minutes of the game for coach Fran McCaffery’s ball club. Gesell dealt with some foul trouble for the rest of the game, but finished with 8 points and 7 assists.
Like Gesell, White, or “Weezy” if you’re talking to Devyn Marble, was huge in getting the Iowa offense rolling. White had 16 points in the first half and ended the game with 22 on 9-10 shooting. After White, 6 other Iowa players would find themselves in double figures.
Iowa used runs of 11-0, 12-0, and 9-0 to build their lead in the first half, after that it was smooth sailing for the Hawkeyes.
The second half was a little better for Maryland Eastern-Shore, but they struggled the entire night as they shot just 32% from the field. Keep in mind, they were without their leading scorer Kyree Jones.
Iowa had their best shooting performance of the season, they shot 52% from the field for the game and 41% from behind the arc.
One Hawkeye managed to earn himself a double-double. Wisconsin transfer, Jarrod Uthoff, wound up with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Iowa will be back in action on Sunday against Abilene Christian. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.