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Uthoff Propels Iowa Past Penn

At first glance, it looked like we might have ourselves a ball game on Friday night at Carver Hawkeye Arena.

Well, it didn’t remain that way for long as the Iowa Hawkeyes pulled away from the Penn Quakers midway through the first half on their way to a 86-55 victory.

Iowa did a lot of things well.  First off, the were able to turn Penn over quite a bit, the Quakers finished the game with 25 turnovers compared to Iowa’s 10.  Iowa also did a good job of capitalizing on those turnovers as they were +20 in terms of points off turnovers.  One of the main reasons for the Penn struggles was the fact that they haven’t seen a team with the type of length that Iowa has.  Iowa’s 6’6″ guard Devyn Marble consistently got in passing lanes and ended up running the other way with the ball. Marble finished with 6 steals total.

Iowa didn’t shoot the ball all that well, just 39% for the game, but took advantage of opportunities when they presented themselves.

Iowa took a 21 point lead into the locker at half time and it seemed they were running away with the game.  Well, Penn had other ideas.  The Quakers came out of the locker room ready to go and sort of shocked the Hawkeyes with a 7-0 run.  Now, don’t get me wrong, the lead was never really in jeopardy, but if you’re Iowa you can’t have mental lapses like that to start the half because against a good team, that will come back to bite you.

Iowa was ultimately able to coast to victory as the reserves were coming in around the 5 minutes mark.

Something worth mentioning was the brotherly match up that took place in this game.  Dau Jok, who is Iowa guard Peter Jok’s older brother plays for the Penn Quakers.  Dau seemed to be pressing for the Quakers early and finished 0-6 from the field with all of those shots coming from behind the arc.  Peter finished with 8 points on 2 of 4 shooting. Peter 1, Dau 0.

Jarrod Uthoff was the leading scorer for the Hawkeyes, he tallied 19 points on 6 of 7 shooting.  When asked about his play he said “I get way more comfortable every game.” If that’s the case, I can’t wait to see what he’ll be doing in late January.

Fran McCaffery had this to say about his emerging star sophomore forward.

“He is arguably our most consistent player in practice, there is no panic in his game.” McCaffery finished by saying “nothing rattles him.”  To see this kind of poise from a kid that has played just 5 collegiate games, is very exciting.

The other Hawkeyes in double figures were; Mike Gesell with 10 and Devyn Marble with 13.

Iowa will now head down to the Bahamas over Thanksgiving weekend for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.  They will open up on Thursday with their game against Xavier.  Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT.


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