By RossWB on November 11, 2017 at 12:05 am
Send it home, Tyler.



Sometimes it's nice when things go according to plan. Iowa was expected to trounce Chicago State in their season opener Friday and... Iowa trounced Chicago State in their season opener. KenPom projected an 88-62 win; Iowa bettered that by winning 95-62. Chicago State struck first and led 2-0; they would never lead again.

Iowa responded to that early CSU with a 10-2 run and kept cruising throughout the first half. Iowa shot 61% from the first half and led 52-27 at the break, with Jordan Bohannon (12 points on 4/10 shooting) and Luka Garza (10 points on 4/4 shooting) leading the way for Iowa. Iowa shot 7/14 from the 3-point line and bettered Chicago State on second chance points (11-4) and bench points (14-6). The first half wasn't without its problems, though; while Iowa held Chicago State to 27 points on 30% shooting, they gave up 10 offensive rebounds, got outscored in the paint 20-18, were outscored 12-0 in fast break points. They also had seven turnovers and shot just 50% from the free throw line. 

Iowa extended their lead to 40 in the second half; even with the flaws Iowa showed at times, this was an easy win that was never really in doubt. Despite some poor shooting in the final 10 minutes of the game, Iowa finished the game shooting 60% from the field and 55% from 3-point range (12/22) and had 23 assists on 31 made field goals. The free throw shooting improved, too: Iowa made 14/21 freebies in the second half, although 60% for the game still isn't great. 

Six Iowa players scored in double figures in the game, led by Garza with 16 points in 18 minutes on 6/6 shooting (4/8 from the free throw line). Isaiah Moss had 14 points in 13 minutes, while Jordan Bohannon had 12 points in 21 minutes and a team-high six assists (against zero turnovers). Tyler Cook also had 12 points to go with a team-high six rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes. He murdered a few rims, too: 

Maishe Dailey and Jack Nunge added 10 points apiece in significant minutes off the bench (18 for Dailey, 19 for Nunge). Dailey got extended minutes because Connor McCaffery sat out the game because of an ankle injury, but he's expected to be back soon. Brady Ellingson led Iowa in minutes played (28) and had nine points on 3/5 shooting (all from 3-point range) to go with four assists and one turnover. 

There's not much else to say about this one. Iowa has some things to work on (free throw shooting, interior defense, taking care of the ball), but they still won by 33, shot well, and got to show off their depth. Job well done. How about some highlights?

NEXT: Iowa returns to action on Sunday against Alabama State (3 PM CT, BTN Plus). 

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