In Iowa’s only loss in Europe coming into Tuesday, the Hawkeyes had a poor shooting night and got out-rebounded for the first time in five games.
That changed Wednesday in the squad’s final game of their exhibition run through Europe. The Hawkeyes hit seven 3-pointers, made 55 percent of their shots and out-rebounded Fos-Quest 46-31 during a 92-78 win.
Four players – led by freshman Peter Jok – scored in double figures as the Hawkeyes needed a second-half rally to finish 5-1 on the trip.
“We felt like we needed to step it up defensively at the start of the second half, and we did,” said Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. “Our defense spurred our offense again tonight. I think if you look at the entire trip collectively, I don’t think we played defense in two of the 24 quarters.”
Iowa led by as many 12 points the first half but trailed 45-43 at halftime after Fos outscored it 29-20 in the second quarter. The Hawkeyes regained the lead with a 25-17 edge in the third quarter and then pulled away from Fos late with a 23-13 run that sealed the victory.
Jok bounced back from a poor shooting night to finish with a game-high 17 points and four 3-pointers. Senior Melsahn Basabe added 13 points and 10 rebounds, while 12 of Aaron White’s 16 points came in the final 20 minutes. White, a junior, also collected five boards in the win and was 7-for-7 from the floor. Sophomore Adam Woodbury scored all eight of his points in the second half and also grabbed five rebounds.
Roy Devyn Marble was the other Hawkeye in double figures as he finished with 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and seven turnovers. Iowa was 7-of-18 from long range, 15-of-20 from the foul line and hit 65 percent of its shots in the first half.
“This trip has been beneficial in so many ways,” McCaffery said. “The competition was good; we had to fight and compete, and came together as a group.”
The Hawkeyes will do some sightseeing in Nice on Wednesday before returning home on Thursday. Iowa went 5-1 in its six games in Europe, losing Monday’s game by two points in overtime.