Hawkeye hoops blasts London to open European trip
LONDON – True freshman Peter Jok led five Hawkeyes in double figures in the University of Iowa men’s basketball team’s first scrimmage in Europe on Tuesday.
Jok hit four 3-pointers, was 4-of-5 from the line and finished with 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals as Iowa blasted the London Lions, 102-58.
Another Hawkeye newcomer, Jarrod Uthoff, added 14 points and six boards, while Zach McCabe pitched in 13 points and five assists. Josh Oglesby and Gabe Olaseni contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively, in Iowa’s easy win.
“Jarrod and Peter were terrific,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “I wanted to get those two a lot of minutes in this game and let them play through any mistakes they may have had.”
Jok logged 30 minutes in the game, while Uthoff played 24. Olaseni, who is a native of Europe, was on the floor for 26 minutes. Iowa’s two leading scorers from last year – Aaron White and Roy Devyn Marble – did not play. Melsahn Basabe also sat out.
Iowa led 24-17 after one quarter and then used a 15-5 surge in the second quarter that saw five different Hawkeyes score. McCabe scored six of his 13 points in the second frame as Iowa led 51-33 at the break and then outscored the Lions 51-25 in the second half.
The Hawkeyes closed the third quarter on a 10-0 run after back-to-back buckets by Uthoff and two straight treys from Oglesby.
“We played well tonight,” said Oglesby. “We found our rhythm early and I’m glad I was able to knock down some shots and help my team.”
Iowa hit 11-of-26 from 3-point range, led by Jok and Oglesby, who each drained four. Adam Woodbury scored nine points and had five boards in just nine minutes, while Clemmons added nine assists and seven boards. Iowa won the rebounding battle 56-41 and made 11-of-19 from the line.
“It felt good to play with my teammates in a game against another opponent,” said Jok, who was named Mr. Iowa Basketball last year while playing for West Des Moines Valley. “We’re an unselfish team and tonight we found the open person and executed on offense.”
Jordan Spencer led London with 10 points, while Joe Ikhinmwin added nine and Leon Bennet-Harris contributed eight points.
The Hawkeyes and Lions will meet again today, but McCaffery is expecting a much different result.
“Tomorrow will be a completely different kind of game in a totally different kind of atmosphere,” he said. “That’s what we have to get our guys ready for mentally. Their top five guys didn’t play tonight because they have 6,000 fans coming tomorrow. They wanted to play their young guys, so we played our young guys.”