Londoner Olaseni helps Hawkeyes defeat Lions

LONDON – In front of several family and friends, Iowa center Gabe Olaseni scored 14 points and had a pair of monster dunks to help the Iowa men’s basketball team defeat the London Lions for the second straight day.

Josh Oglesby scored 17 points, Aaron White had 16 and Melsahn Basabe added 12 as the Hawkeyes left London with a 2-0 mark thanks to a 107-72 victory in front of a capacity crowd of more than 6,000 at the Copper Box.

“This meant everything to me,” said Olaseni. “I couldn’t have dreamed for a better atmosphere. Every time I stepped off the court all I could think about was my teammates and family. I’m forever grateful to the coaching staff for giving me an opportunity to play here.”

White, Basabe and Roy Devyn Marble all did not play in Tuesday’s 102-58 win. Marble had six points in the win Wednesday.

Iowa scored at least 21 points in each of the four quarters. Josh Oglesby scored six of his 17 points in the first 10 minutes and gave the Hawkeyes a 28-19 lead. Oglesby buried five 3-pointers in the win.

London didn’t go away quietly in the second quarter. The Lions used a 9-0 run to trim their deficit to 39-36 before a 10-2 surge by Iowa gave the Hawkeyes a double-digit lead at the break.

Iowa incoming freshman Peter Jok scored six of the team’s final 10 points of the quarter and finished with a team-high 18 points in the win.

The Hawkeyes used an 11-2 run in the second half that allowed them to pull away for good. Iowa outscored London 68-35 in the final half.

Olaseni is a native of London. He made some mistakes early but once he got going, McCaffery said he was pretty dominant.

“Once Gabe settled down after making a couple early mistakes, he became a dominant player,” said McCaffery. “It was great to see him get confidence as the game went on and I’m thrilled for him that he was able to do it in this atmosphere.”

The Hawkeyes will have an early departure for France today as the team leaves for Paris via train at 8:30 a.m. local time. Iowa returns to the court Friday when it plays the AMW All Stars at 1:30 p.m. (CT).