The Iowa men’s basketball team got outplayed and still won Sunday during an exhibition game against a Division III national champion.
The Hawkeyes blew open a one-point game midway through the first half by outscoring Augustana (Ill.) 26-13 in the final 10:45 and led by as many as 30 in the second half during an 87-62 win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The victory though was hardly pretty and Fran McCaffery knew the 40 minutes would be tough sledding.
“I knew what we were going to get from this team the day we scheduled this game,” McCaffery said. “We got outplayed, and we won the game. We were substantially outplayed today by that team. But that is exactly what we needed.”
Iowa made 39 of its 50 free throws in the win but hit just 2 of the 18 3-point shots. The Hawkeyes compiled 43 bench points, scored 19 points off 17 Augustana turnovers and did not let the visitors score a fastbreak point.
“I think it was a great opportunity for us to play a team that's used to winning, that's physically capable of competing, and have to do some things in that period of time where we did some things that won the game or we were going to really go in the complete opposite direction and struggle the whole time,” McCaffery said. “Because we struggled a lot today.”
Aaron White was 4-of-8 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the line and scored a team-high 16 points. Adam Woodbury added 10 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in the win, while Zach McCabe scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench. McCabe was 11-for-12 at the foul line.
“There were some great individual performances for us and some guys that stepped up when things weren't going well,” McCaffery said. “I thought Woodbury was terrific. Aaron White was terrific. Zach McCabe, spectacular.”
Gabe Olaseni also produced eight points and eight boards off the bench as Iowa out-rebounded Augustana 48-35.
Iowa used an 8-0 run to pull ahead 18-9 but Augustana used an 11-2 run to trim its deficit to one at 20-19. The final 10:45 of the half was a plus-13 for Iowa and the Hawkeyes led 46-32 at halftime.
Augustana, which was led by Danielius Jurgutis’ 15 points, trailed by 12 early in the second half but Iowa pulled away and led by as many as 30 in the win.
“I think we needed to get outfought, to get outplayed,” McCaffery said. “We needed a team that was going to force us into some mistakes, and we did some things that were good, did enough good things to win.”
Mark Roth also had 11 points for Augustana, while Ben Ryan added eight points and a game-high 13 boards.