Big second quarter propels Iowa men to another victory

PARIS – Nine players scored at least seven points, and the Iowa men’s basketball team used a big second quarter Saturday to once again win in Europe.

Game MVP Josh Oglesby and three other Hawkeyes scored 12 points, and Iowa once again dominated the paint in a 93-74 win over St. Quentin.

“When you look at the scoring, rebounding and assist numbers, we were unbelievably balanced and unselfish,” said Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. “We got offense, size and versatility coming off the bench and it’s great to see it all come together. That is what we plan on it being.”

Roy Devyn Marble, Aaron White and Anthony Clemmons all scored 12 points, Melsahn Basabe added nine points and 11 boards and the Hawkeyes out-rebounded the French all-stars 53-35 and outscored them in the paint 42-28.

With the game tied at 20 after one quarter, Iowa began the second frame on a 20-5 run before outscoring St. Quentin 28-13 to take a 15-point advantage at halftime. The lead shrunk to nine heading into the fourth but a 25-17 advantage in the period sealed the win for the Hawkeyes, who are 4-0 in Europe.

“We started off rough but people eventually started to get going and we were able to knock down some outside shots,” Oglesby said. “I thought our defense translated into our offense. We played really good defense, especially in the second and fourth quarter.”

White grabbed eight rebounds in the win, while Marble pulled down six boards and dished out three assists for Iowa. Jarrod Uthoff scored seven points and had five rebounds. Adam Woodbury, Gabe Olaseni and Peter Jok also scored seven points apiece.

Iowa was 8-of-20 from 3-point range in the game and hit 50 percent of its shots from the floor overall.

“It’s really impressive to go 8-for-20 just one day after going 2-for-18,” McCaffery said. “We needed more 3s tonight and we got them at key times.”

Rasheed Wright led St. Quentin with 14 points, and Julien Lesieu (12) and Darnell Williams (11) also scored in double figures. Nigel Wyatte grabbed eight rebounds in the loss.

The game was tied four times and Iowa never trailed. The Hawkeyes scored 33 points off 19 St. Quentin turnovers and had a 25-13 advantage in second-chance points. The Iowa bench also produced 42 points, led by Clemmons’ 12 and four assists. Olaseni continued his success at the defensive end of the floor with four blocks, too.

The Hawkeyes depart Paris early Sunday morning and will next head to Marseilles, France, by train. The team will continue its exhibition tour on the court Monday night against Hyeres-Toulon at 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. CT).