Iowa 93, Southeastern Louisiana 62: Seasons Beatings

By RossWB on December 22, 2021 at 12:40 pm
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What kind of game Iowa's win over Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday night? The kind of game where 10 players got at least 10 minutes of playing time, and only three -- Jordan Bohannon, Keegan Murray, and Patrick McCaffery -- played over 20 minutes. The kind of game where deep bench mob players like Austin Ash and Riley Mulvey got over four minutes each. The kind of game where Iowa led for 38:57 and never trailed, en route to an easy 93-62 victory. 

After an early 3-3 tie, Iowa went on a 22-7 run over the next nine minutes to open up a 25-10 lead midway through the first half and the lead never dipped below double digits for the remainder of the game. The lead was 44-30 Iowa at half and a quick start for Iowa out of the break made it 50-32 with 18 minutes to play. The lead cracked 20 with eight minutes to play and got as big as 37 with a few minutes to play before Iowa settled for a 31-point victory, 93-62. 

Iowa shot well in the first half -- 44% overall, including 38% (6/16) from long range. They shot even better in the second half, at least on two-point tries; converting 50% of their shots overall and 12/17 (71%) from inside the three-point arc. They also had another strong game on the glass, out-rebounding SE Louisiana 50-32, including a 13-4 edge in offensive rebounds, which led to a 14-2 advantage in second chance points. Iowa also forced 15 turnovers (including 7 steals), which they converted into 19 points off turnovers and contributed to a 30-15 edge in fast break points. 

Keegan Murray led Iowa with a double-double, scoring 20 points on 8/13 shooting (just 1/5 from deep) and grabbing 10 rebounds as well. Patrick McCaffery contributed 16 points on 5/10 shooting, as well as three rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Jordan Bohannon was the final Iowa starter in double figures, with 13 points on 4/8 shooting from deep, as well as three assists. Filip Rebraca had five points, nine rebounds, two blocks, and two assists, while Joe Toussaint and five points, four rebounds, three steals, and a team high five assists. Iowa's second unit scored 34 points in the game, led by Payton Sandfort's 10 points on 3/9 shooting. Tony Perkins also added 8 points off the bench. 

Not much else to say about this game. It was a game against a hugely overmatched opponent and a team that Iowa should beat handily. They went out and beat them handily. Job done. No fuss, no muss, happy holidays. 

NEXT: Iowa has a week off and wraps up non-conference action against Western Illinois on Wednesday, December 29 (7 PM CT, BTN+). 

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