Apr 4, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Mike Gesell (10) puts up a shot over Baylor Bears guard Pierre Jackson (55) during the second half of the championship game of the 2013 NIT basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden. Baylor won the game 74-54. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Gesell, White Help Iowa Cruise Past Maryland Eastern-Shore


Remember the first two games when Mike Gesell seemed to be having some trouble? I do.

Well, all that changed on Thursday night. Gesell came out gunning with 8 points and 4 assists in the first five minutes of the ball game, and if it weren’t for some foul trouble there might have been more. “Me personally, I wasn’t being aggressive enough.” Gesell said about his first two games this year.

That aggressiveness that Gesell seemed to find helped Iowa to a win over the Maryland Eastern-Shore Hawks by a score of 109-63.

Iowa used runs of 11-0, 12-0, and 9-0 during the first half to help build themselves a healthy lead. Most of that scoring was done by Aaron White, who again had himself a solid game. White finished with 22 points on 9-10 shooting in just 17 minutes.

It wasn’t long into the second half before Coach Fran McCaffery pulled his starters and let the second string have some fun. Jarrod Uthoff was huge in keeping the Hawkeyes on track during that second half. Uthoff finished the game with 11 points and 11 rebounds. “I put him in and I really don’t want to take him out” said Coach McCaffery about Uthoff after the game.

Trust me, Fran, the Iowa fans don’t want him coming out either.

As the game wound down and Fran had emptied his bench it suddenly hit me that everyone that saw the floor for Iowa had scored. Not to mention the seven guys in double figures. That speaks volumes to how balanced this team is, up and down the bench.

Iowa fans caught the best shooting night the Hawkeyes have had this season. Iowa shot 51% from the field and 41% from behind the arc which is promising considering the Hawkeyes have struggled from behind the arc recently.

The Hawkeyes also did a good job on the glass as they outrebounded Maryland ES 57-37.

Maryland ES played the game without their best scorer in Kyree Jones which could only hurt the Hawks, Jones is averaging 25 points per game this year.

After this great team effort, Iowa will now have to wait until Sunday when they will be back in action again at Carver Hawkeye Arena. They will take on Abilene Christian at 3:30 p.m. CT.

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