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News and notes: Iowa men vs. Quincy

[ 0 ] November 4, 2012 |

Senior Eric May scored 15 points off the bench

Iowa City, Ia. – Breaking down Iowa’s 100-54 exhibition victory over Quincy Sunday:

Three-point production. With Matt Gatens gone, someone has to fill the void from 3-point range for Iowa. The Hawkeyes were 11 of 25 from that distance Sunday. Josh Oglesby made three in six attempts. Mike Gesell also had three in five tries. Eric May had two in four attempts.

Im-press-ive. Quincy turned the ball over 31 times Sunday, leading to 41 Iowa points. Iowa opened in the press and got off to a 22-0 lead. The Hawkeyes finished with 19 steals.Coach Fran McCaffery then slapped the press on again in the second half and his team responded with a 25-0 run.

“I want to play that way, but we have to be more careful,” McCaffery said. “We need to be a little more efficient with our half-court offense.”

Aaron White was at the front of the press in the first half, Gabe Olaseni in the second half.

“That’s probably the position that best suits me,” White said.

Lineup change. Eric May started in an exhibition game with practice a week ago, but McCaffery went with Zach McCabe against Quincy.

“In practice after Creighton I was pretty much stuck in there,” McCabe said. “It doesn’t matter who starts. We all play well together. You’ve just got to keep bringing energy into the game. It doesn’t really matter.”

May came off the bench to finish with 15 points.

“I’m not surprised,” McCaffery said. “He's been arguably one of

our best players in practice. I started him last weekend against Creighton and didn't start him today. But he's just really a tremendous captain. He's going to give us what we need on defense. He's also in the right place. He knows where to go.”

May made six of 10 shots from the field.

“It's great to see him jump shooting the ball the way he's been,” McCaffery said. “He's been like that since the start of practice. That will be big for us, when he's scoring like he is. But steals and the run‑outs and the transition opportunities and the energy and experience that he brings in off the bench, very few teams have that when they can go to a senior like that. And I kind of like him in that role.”

Undersized. McCabe was forced to play the post last season, and at 6 feet 7 inches he was always looking up at his foe. This year, freshman post Adam Woodbury and Olaseni will let McCabe play more at his more natural power forward spot.

“It’s great having Woody in there,” McCabe said.

Both McCabe, a Heelan product, and Woodbury, from East, are Sioux City products. Can inner-city rivals plays together?

“Yea, as long as we’re not playing against each other,” McCabe said.

Cash money – Quincy coach Marty Bell is a former Drake assistant under Kurt Kanaskie. Bell said the program made $32,000 by playing exhibitions at Notre Dame (a 111-52 loss), Iowa and Illinois State (Monday).

Redshirt likely. McCaffery said after the game that someone will be redshirted.

“Yea, probably, but I haven’t talked to anyone yet,” McCaffery said. “We’ll probably redshirt somebody.”

More than one?

“Probably not,” McCaffery said.

Freshman forward Kyle Meyer and freshman guard Patrick Ingram are the leading redsdhirt candidates. By redshirting just one player, McCaffery would have 11 players fighting for playing time in his rotation.

Next up – The Hawkeyes open the regular season against Texas-Pan American at 8 p.m. Friday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.


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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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