Hawkeyes topple France to stay unbeaten
PARIS – On a night where the 3-point shot was not falling, the Iowa men’s basketball team made up for it with a dominant performance in the paint.
The Hawkeyes outscored the AMW France all-stars 49-14 in the lane and won the rebounding battle 57-33 during an 82-60 victory Friday.
Iowa won the game despite shooting 2-of-18 from 3-point range. The Hawkeyes, who are 3-0 on their European trip, were 12-of-13 from the foul line and scored 23 second-chance points to AMW’s eight.
“We learned to win a different way tonight,” said game MVP Aaron White, who finished with a game-high 18 points. “We rebounded well, which made up for the outside shots that weren’t falling.”
Sophomore Adam Woodbury had nine rebounds and three blocks in the win, while Melsahn Basabe (seven rebounds), Gabe Olaseni (seven rebounds) and Jarrod Uthoff (seven rebounds) all played big roles in the decisive advantage on the glass.
“We executed offensively and played with great effort defensively early in the game,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “And I was really proud of our bigs today. Our rebounding was tremendous and that enabled us to run and limited them to one shot. And they did a nice job defending (France’s) double-high ball screen action.”
White grabbed five rebounds and had three steals to go along with his 18 points. He was given a purple Pittsburgh Pirates hat after being named MVP.
Basabe finished with 14 points and seven boards, while true freshman Peter Jok added 13. It was the third straight game the former West Des Moines Valley prep reached double figures.
Olaseni had nine points, seven rebounds and three blocks, while Devyn Marble scored just two points but finished with a team-high seven assists.
France’s AMW all-stars were led by Henri Lembe’s 11 points and Raphael Wilson added 10. France hit eight triples in the game but shot just 31 percent from the floor and turned it over 19 times.
The Iowa victory was the finale of a basketball tripleheader in France on Friday. Two other France all-star teams defeated Temple (82-52) and Alabama (100-70).
Iowa will play its final exhibition contest in Paris today at 8:30 p.m. local time (1:30 p.m. CT).