Big second half pushes Hawkeyes to another win

FOS, France – The Iowa men’s basketball team used a much better shooting night and a dominant effort on the glass to rally past Fos-Quest on Tuesday during the Hawkeyes’ final exhibition game in Europe.

Four players scored in double figures, and Iowa shot 55 percent from the floor and out-rebounded Fos 46-31 during a 92-78 victory. The Hawkeyes led by as many as 12 in the first half but trailed 45-43 at halftime.

“We felt like we needed to step it up defensively at the start of the second half, and we did,” said Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. “Our defense spurred our offense again tonight. I think if you look at the entire trip collectively, I don’t think we played defense in two of the 24 quarters.”

Peter Jok bounced back from his worst shooting night of the trip to hit four 3-pointers and he scored a game-high 17 points as Iowa ended the game on a 23-13 run to ice the victory. Senior Melsahn Basabe had 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Aaron White was 7-for-7 from the field and scored 16 points.

Iowa’s 12-point lead was cut to seven after the first quarter and then Fos outscored the Hawkeyes 29-20 in the second quarter. A 25-17 advantage in the third put the Hawks back up by six, but Fos closed to within 69-66 with 9 minutes to go until the decisive run.

White, who also had five rebounds, scored 12 of his 16 points in the final 20 minutes and all eight of sophomore Adam Woodbury’s points were registered in the second half.

Roy Devyn Marble added 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and seven turnovers in the win as Iowa buried 7-of-18 from 3-point range and 15-of-20 from the line. The Hawkeyes connected on 65 percent of their shots in the first half.

“This trip has been beneficial in so many ways,” McCaffery said. “The competition was good; we had to fight and compete, and came together as a group.”

The Hawkeyes will do some sightseeing in Nice on Wednesday before returning home on Thursday. Iowa went 5-1 in its six games in Europe, losing Monday’s game by two points in overtime.