No. 25 Iowa jumps ahead early, cruises past Arkansas-Pine Bluff
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff's rough day started hours before tipoff in a heavy snowstorm.
Then No. 25 Iowa opened the game on a 39-5 run and went on to an 85-61 victory over the Golden Lions on Sunday.
Pine Bluff didn't arrive in Iowa City until 4 a.m. because slick road conditions nearly doubled the normal ride from Omaha with the 250-mile trip taking 7 hours.
''We got a chance to bond a little bit more,'' Pine Bluff coach George Ivory said. ''That's why we didn't go to shootaround. I figured the guys were tired.''
Jarrod Uthoff scored 16 points to lead the Hawkeyes (11-2) while Josh Oglesby added 13 points in his season debut and Adam Woodbury had 10.
Tevin Hammond scored 19 points for Pine Bluff (2-9), which lost its ninth straight.
The Hawkeyes shot 75 percent from the field in taking a 52-15 halftime lead. Iowa committed a season-worst 27 turnovers but dominated the rebounding 42-27.
The Golden Lions shot 33 percent from the field overall. Pine Bluff outscored the Hawkeyes 46-34 in the second half
''We got out and played a little better in the second half, pressing and trying to get into the lanes and get steals,'' Ivory said. ''They're a great basketball team and it was a great opportunity for us to come up here and play them.''
Oglesby missed the first 12 games of the season with a broken foot. He made his first four 3-pointers during a 6-minute stretch in the first half- drawing a loud ovation from the fans in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
''It felt really good, especially just making my first shot so I could get into the groove of things,'' Oglesby said. ''This team's so unselfish and they found me, and I knocked down some shots.''
Oglesby could become a much-needed outside shooting threat for the Hawkeyes, who rank near the bottom of the Big Ten in 3-pointers.
The junior struggled last season, making only 26.9 percent of his 3-point attempts after shooting an impressive 37.2 percent as a freshman.
It's unclear how Oglesby will fit into Iowa's already deep rotation. Ten Hawkeyes average at least 14 minutes a game. McCaffery now has five guards he's comfortable with as Iowa opens Big Ten play on Dec. 31 against Nebraska.
''I wasn't surprised,'' McCaffery said. ''I was honest with you guys. I told you that he looked really good and he looks like he's in pretty good shape.''
On one play late in the half, Woodbury fumbled his dribble on a fast break on what looked like a sure turnover. But the 7-foot-1 center recovered and wrapped a pass around his back to Aaron White for a dunk and foul.
''I tried to do it,'' Woodbury said with a laugh. ''White doesn't think so, but his opinion doesn't matter.''
Pine Bluff is in the middle a brutal 15-game stretch of road and neutral-site games to open its season. The Golden Lions' home opener is Jan. 18.
Ivory thinks his team is hanging in there with the difficult schedule - something the program does to help the athletics department's bottom line.
''I like coming into venues like this where you have great fans and great basketball,'' Ivory said.
Sunday was the final game of official Ed Hightower's 36-year career.
Iowa held a moment of silence before the game for Pam Culver, the school's longtime basketball secretary who died Saturday.