Texas downs Iowa, 71-57


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In the end, what Iowa feared would beat it did.

Texas’ frontcourt proved to be too much for Iowa, bullying the Hawkeyes on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.

While belated, the Longhorns ultimately found their footing in the second half, outscoring the Hawkeyes by 20 points in the latter period en route to defeating Iowa in the 2K Classic in Madison Square Garden, 71-57.

Iowa burst out of the gate to an early 10-2 lead on two early 3-pointers from Jarrod Uthoff. But even when Iowa led, there were signs that the lead wouldn’t last for long.

The Hawkeyes failed to convert a 2-point field goal until 7:45 remained in the first half, when Adam Woodbury downed a left-handed lay-up. He was also fouled.

Texas was able to throw a plethora of big bodies at the Hawkeyes, including forward Jonathan Holmes, who led the Longhorns with 19 points, 17 in the second half, and 5 rebounds.

Instead, Iowa relied heavily on free throws and 3-pointers early, which the Hawkeyes had plenty of in the first half.

Iowa got to the free-throw line 13 times in the first half, converting 11. It also went 3-of-8 from beyond the 3-point line.

In the second half, Texas proved to be the better team.

The Longhorns jumped out of the intermission on an 18-7 run, gaining their first lead of the game with 17:35 remaining in the second half. They briefly lost that lead and regained it with 13:39 left in the game. They held on to the lead for the rest of the contest.

At the forefront of this second half surge was Texas’ frontcourt.

Whereas in the first half Iowa outrebounded Texas, 26-21. The Longhorns countered in the second half by outrebounding Iowa, 19-13.

Texas was held to just 32.3 percent from the field in the first half. In the second half, that number ballooned to 60.7 percent. 

Defensively, Texas forced Iowa’s guards to produce the scoring, and they struggled.

Including starters Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons, as well as guards off the bench Trey Dickerson, Peter Jok, and Josh Oglesby, Iowa’s guards combined to shoot just 5-of-29 from the floor.

It wasn’t all negatives for Iowa, though. One bright spot was the play of forward Aaron White.
White finished with 23 points — 4 shy of his career-high — and 8 rebounds. Most of the senior’s points came from the free-throw line; White converted 14-of-16 trips from the charity stripe, both career highs.

Adam Woodbury joined White in Iowa’s solid performances. He finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds.

Iowa will return to action today when it plays in the consolation game against Syracuse at 4 p.m. (CST).

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