Iowa led from tip to finish in most part due to the strong play of Luka Garza and Joe Wieskamp. Garza scored the first six points of the game and the Hawks never looked back. Luka finished the first half with 19 points on 7-of-7 shooting. He was able to showcase his three-dimensional scoring making multiple post moves, midrange shots and a three pointer.
Wieskamp used his length and defense to get out in transition putting extra pressure on Alabama State’s defense. Wieskamp finished the first half with 18 points, five rebounds and three assists. The Hawks were able to build on their lead by dominating 21-0 in points off turnovers and 20-7 in fast break points. Alabama State did lead in bench scoring 17-10.
In the second half, the bench play of Iowa sealed the game as the Hawkeyes ran out to the 27-point win. Iowa rested their starters most of the second half. Alabama State was led by Jacoby Ross who finished with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, knocking down 4-of-7 from three-point land. Reginald Gee also got hot from three in the second half finishing with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting and 4-of-7 from three. Alabama State outscored Iowa in the second half 41-37.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are next in action against Pittsburgh November 27th while Alabama State plays at Akron November 28th.