Hawkeyes Cruise to 95–67 Win Over Texas Rio Grande Valley
Iowa City, Iowa — The Iowa men’s basketball team never trailed in their rout of the Texas Rio Grande Valley, defeating the Vaqueros 95–67.
After an up and down first half, the Hawkeyes came out on a mission to begin the second frame, extending their 14-point halftime lead to as much as 34 in a matter of minutes.
“At the start of the second half, I thought our intensity level, attention to detail at that juncture of the game,” head coach Fran McCaffery said when asked what he was most proud of from this game. “I was pleased with that.”
Senior Peter Jok was hot from the field, scoring 27 points on just 13 shots, including 5–8 shooting from downtown.
“I’ve always had confidence in myself, in my jumpshot, and my game,” Jok said after the game. “I’m a senior now so I see everything slow. I’m just playing at my pace, I’m not letting them rush me or anything. I feel like that’s a big part of why I’m playing good.”
Tyler Cook brought the crowd to its feet with his explosive dunks on his way to 15 points and three rebounds. The freshman’s combination of power and quickness make him a tough cover, and should bode well for him once Big Ten play rolls around.
He often flies under the radar, but Nicholas Baer was again a positive for the Hawkeyes on Sunday. With eight points, seven rebounds, and three assists, Baer filled the stat sheet in addition to being alert and active defensively.
“There were some defensive improvements from our game against Seton Hall,” Baer told reporters after he helped Iowa hold Texas Rio Grande Valley to just 34% shooting for the night. “I think that was evident. Obviously, we still have a long way to go. We’ll look at the clips and see what we need to clean up, and we’ll keep improving.”
Iowa’s defense was active, working to force 26 turnovers, which led to a remarkable 41 points.
Isaiah Moss scored a career high 14 points on 5–7 shooting, coming out aggressive and earning praise from his teammates and McCaffery. Look for Moss to be given a bigger role as a result of his recent strong play.
The Hawkeyes will next be in action on Friday in Destin, Forida against the #8 Virginia Cavaliers.
By Jack Brandsgard — Posted 11/20/16
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