Iowa opens season with rout
Iowa City, IA (Sports Network) – Greg Brunner and Jeff Horner each scored 16
points, as 20th-ranked Iowa opened its season with an easy 86-41 victory over
Maryland-Eastern Shore at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in the first round of the
Brunner pulled down seven rebounds, while Horner dished out seven assists for
the Hawkeyes (1-0), who will host Colgate in Tuesday’s second round. Adam
Haluska chipped in 12 points during the rout.
Maryland-Eastern Shore (0-1), which shot just 27 percent from the floor,
received 14 points from Antonio McMillion, and 11 points and 11 rebounds from
Iowa started off slow, but outscored the Hawks 22-6 over a 7 1/2 minute span
in the first half to build a commanding 28-11 advantage. Brunner and Horner
combined for 13 points during the run, which ended when Brunner finished off a
three-point play with 6:53 left before intermission.
A Horner three-pointer followed by Doug Thomas’ steal and dunk extended the
Hawkeye lead to 37-15 with 3:36 remaining in the half. Iowa took a 44-20 lead
into the break on a Haluska triple in the final minute.
Things didn’t improve any for the Hawks after intermission. The margin reached
32 points on a layup and free throw by Mike Henderson just over five minutes
into the second half, and the Hawks never got it down to less than 30
The Hawks made just 7-of-32 (22 percent) field goal tries in the second half.
Colgate advanced to the second round with a 55-42 win over Utah Valley
State…Henderson and Seth Gorney each ended with 10 points for Iowa, which
outrebounded the Hawks 35-25 and forced 25 turnovers…The Hawks went just
2-26 in 2004-05.