Iowa Hoops Crushes German All Stars, 99-65

By RossWB on August 8, 2017 at 6:31 pm

Iowa basketball's European vacation got off to a smashing start with a 99-65 rout of the German All-Stars team in Heidelberg, Germany. It was a close game at the half -- Iowa led just 48-44 at the break -- but Iowa took charge in the second half, outscoring their opponents 51-21 after the break. Iowa shot 43.7% for the game, but 47.6% in the second half. The Hawkeyes also shot the ball well from deep, going 15/33 from long range, led by some dead-eye shooting from deep by Isaiah Moss (5/6). 

Iowa started Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss, Ahmad Wagner, Dom Uhl, and Luka Garza today, although I wouldn't read much into the starting lineups for the games on this trip in terms of determining who might start when the season begins in November. Fran intends to rotate the starting lineups quite a bit during this trip: 

Uhl deservedly got the start in his home nation and had a pretty solid performance -- 7 points (albeit on 3/10 shooting) and 7 rebounds to go with three assists, two steals, and a block. He also played a team-high 22 minutes. Garza made the most of his start, posting a double-double to lead Iowa with 17 points (on 6/10 shooting) and 10 rebounds and earning fulsome praise from Fran: 

Moss was Iowa's other starter to post double figures in scoring, putting up 15 points on 5/9 shooting (5/6 from deep). Wagner had no points, but was effective in other areas, grabbing five rebounds, dealing four assists, and grabbing a block and a steal. Bohannon had 9 points on 3/11 shooting (3/9 from deep) and four rebounds and four assists. 

In addition to double figure scoring tallies from two starters (Garza and Moss), Iowa also got double figures production from two players off the bench, Tyler Cook and Nicholas Baer. Cook went for 16 points on 7/13 shooting and seven rebounds -- and also delivered this punishing dunk: 

Tyler Cook gonna Tyler Cook, y'all, no matter what continent he's on. Rims beware. Baer was his usual versatile self and stuffed the stat sheet to the tune of 10 points (on 4/8 shooting), five rebounds, four assists, and four steals -- all in just 17 minutes of work. 

Jack Nunge didn't start this game, but he did play a lot (22 minutes, tied with Dom Uhl for the most on the team). He struggled to find his shot (7 points on 3/9 shooting, 0/3 from deep), but did manage to grab seven rebounds and swat a team-high three shots. Iowa's other freshman newcomer of note, Connor McCaffery, made his Iowa debut and had five points (on 2/5 shooting) to go with a team-high five assists in 20 minutes of work. The plan is still for McCaffery to redshirt in 2017-18, so this European tour will likely be our only chance to see him play in an Iowa shirt until 2018-19. 

Brady Ellingson was the only other Iowa contributor of note, putting up 7 points on 3/9 shooting (1/4 from long range) along with three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes. Maishe Dailey, Ryan Kriener, and Cordell Pemsl did not play at all in the game, but are expected to play in Iowa's other European games, per Hawkeye Sports. Christian Williams played just one minute in this game, but Hawkeye Sports did not provide any further information about his condition. Walk-ons Charlie Rose, Austin Ash, and Riley Till all saw time at the end of the game, with Till and Ash each draining three-pointers. 

You can catch the full game on YouTube above and some highlights from @IowaHoops below: 

Iowa's European tour continues with a game against the Swiss All-Stars in Baden, Switzerland at 1 PM CT on Thursday, August 10th. More information about Iowa's European games is available here

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