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Iowa Hawkeyes sloppy but victorious in exhibition opener


Story Courtesy University of Iowa Sports Information 

 IOWA CITY, Iowa – If Sunday’s 87-65 University of Iowa men’s basketball victory over Augustana (Ill.) is an indicator of the officiating emphasis in 2013-14, free throws will be at a premium.

The Hawkeyes made 39-of-50 attempts from the charity stripe on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena after 33 fouls were whistled on the visiting Vikings. Iowa committed 19 fouls, and Augustana converted 13-of-20 from the free throw line.

Junior Aaron White, who along with senior Zach McCabe led Iowa with 16 points in the contest, says something has got to give with the officiating.

“One of two things will happen,” said White. “Either the teams will adjust or the refs won’t be able to call it like that as the season goes on. One or the other is going to happen. Either it won’t be enforced as quickly, or the teams will figure out they can’t have their hands on people.”

When there weren’t stops in the flow with the constant whistles, Iowa was tested by Augustana, a Division III school that has won five conference championships since 2003, in the first half. The Hawkeyes made 5-of-7 shots to start the game, but led just 10-7 over the first four minutes. Coming out of the first media timeout, the Hawkeyes used an 8-2 spurt behind four free throws by McCabe to take an 18-9 lead.

A four-point play by Danielius Jurgutis cut the lead to 18-13, and the Vikings trimmed the deficit to 23-22 on a 3-pointer from Mark Roth at the 9:36 mark. McCabe connected on a 3-pointer — the team’s lone long ball of the first half — to open a 14-4 spurt that pushed the Hawkeye lead to 37-26. Iowa never looked back.

“This is exactly what our team needed today,” said UI head coach Fran McCaffery. “We needed to get outfought and out-played and play a team that was going to force us into some turnovers. I knew we were going to get tested the day I scheduled this game.

“It was a great opportunity to play a team that is used to winning, physically capable of competing. We did some things that won the game or we were going to go in a complete opposite direction and struggle the whole time. We struggled a lot today.”

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