It was no cake walk, but the Iowa Hawkeyes were able to fend off a smaller Notre Dame Irish team on Tuesday night at Carver Hawkeye Arena. Iowa came away with a 98-93 victory.
Iowa was their usual selves in the first couple minutes of the ball game as they got off to another slow start allowing Notre Dame to take a 7-2 lead right out of the gates, but they would soon find their form and take a nine point lead into the locker room.
Iowa shot nearly 58% from the field in the first half and 92% from the free throw line. Iowa was also doing a good job at getting out in transition off of made baskets. There were a couple cases where I don’t even think the Irish knew where the ball was at. Something Iowa did not do a good job of in the first half was control Garrick Sherman. Sherman jogged into the locker room with 18 points already under his belt.
Much like the first part of the first half, the start to the second half was a little rocky too.
Actually, rocky is an understatement.
Notre Dame jumped all over Iowa and started the half out on a 15-3 run, which gave them the lead. The Irish weren’t going away either, but neither were the Hawkeyes. One man stood out for about 3 and a half minutes or so.
After only scoring one basket in the first four minutes of the second half, Iowa needed a lift. Marble would go on to score the Hawkeyes’ next 13 points, which gave Iowa the lead back.
“He was just letting the game come to him” said Aaron White of Marble’s play.
If that’s what letting the game come to him looks like, I’d love to see him take a ball game over.
Even after Marble’s run, the Irish weren’t going anywhere. Iowa would stretch their lead to five points and seven points, but the Irish would fire right back. As we got down to the nitty gritty, Jarrod Uthoff entered into the equation. Uthoff had six points over the span of about a minute that were huge for Iowa. He was especially good at the foul line where he shot 8-10.
Aaron White would cap the game off with two free throws to ensure Iowa held onto the victory.
Funny thing, the first made free throw in that last pair was Aaron White’s 1,000th career point.
“It’s pretty cool” said White on getting his 1,000th career point.
Talk about modest.
Iowa would end the game with five players in double figures. White with 20, Marble and Uthoff each with 17, and Mike Gesell and Zach McCabe would add 10 a piece. Iowa had another good shooting night, they shot 57% from the field and 54% from behind the arc. Not to mention their 86% from the free throw line.
Notre Dame was led by Sherman who had 29 points. Guards Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant would add 23 and 13 respectively. Grant also totaled 10 assists.
Iowa will now move on to Saturday after getting a pretty good win against this Irish team. Iowa will play a scrappy Drake team in Des Moines on Saturday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT.