Iowa 96, Chicago St. 53
Freshman Aaron White may not have a true position, but he can
sure help Iowa with minutes like he did Friday night.
White scored a team-high 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds off
the bench as the Hawkeyes beat Chicago State 96-53 to open coach
Fran McCaffery’s second season.
It’s the first double-double by an Iowa freshman in his debut
since Jess Settles had 13 points and 11 rebounds against Drake in
1993. White’s 19 points were the most by a freshman in an opener
since Ricky Davis scored 18 in 1997, which was also against Chicago
”My role is to come in and give energy,” White said. ”I hit
some open shots and pulled down some rebounds. Whatever they need
me to do to spark something.”
The Hawkeyes, who won their season opener for the first time
since 2008, started the game on a 10-0 run and used a full-court
press to force 27 turnovers. Chicago State turned it over on each
of its first six possessions.
White, a lightly recruited 6-foot-8 forward from Strongsville,
Ohio, can play inside and outside. He hit two 3-pointers and
converted the second into a four-point play when he got knocked
down in the middle of the second half.
White looked strong on the block, even at 225 pounds, snatching
four offensive rebounds in only 18 minutes.
He can play defense too. At the end of the first half, White
stole the ball at midcourt and went in for an uncontested
”He’s a complete player,” McCaffery said. ”I said this
before: When you have a 6-8 player who understands how to play,
dribble, pass, shoot, post up, play in the zone, he’s got a feel.
He doesn’t rattle. There’s no panic in him at all.”
Sophomore Melsahn Basabe scored 14 points for Iowa. Zach McCabe
added 13 points off the bench and Eric May 12.
Eight Hawkeyes scored at least five points, and Iowa’s bench
totaled 57 points – four more points than Chicago State.
”Our team is capable of that,” May said. ”You see it in
practice every day.”
Chicago State lost 10 lettermen from last year’s squad, which
finished 6-26. Junior Jeremy Robinson led the Cougars with 20
points and seven rebounds.
Iowa, which has struggled to fill Carver-Hawkeye Arena in recent
years, announced a crowd of 12,987 Friday night – the most for a
home opener since 2001. Iowa averaged 9,550 fans in 2009 and 11,635
”My team was really intimidated by the atmosphere,” Chicago
State coach Tracy Dildy said. ”For a lot of these guys it’s tough
to come play at a Big Ten arena on opening night. And especially a
team that feels they really have something to prove, which is how
the Hawkeyes feel.”
Freshman Aaron White scored 19 points and Iowa beat Chicago
State 96-53 Friday night to open coach Fran McCaffery’s second
Sophomore Melsahn Basabe added 14 points for the Hawkeyes, who
started the game on a 10-0 run and scored 25 points off
Zach McCabe added 13 points and Eric May 12 for Iowa. White
grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Hawkeyes won their season opener for the first time in three
years in front of an announced crowd of 12,987 – the most for a
season opener at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since 2001.
Chicago State committed 27 turnovers, including on each of its
first six possessions. Jeremy Robinson led the Cougars with 20
points and seven rebounds.