115429 ” title=”S Dakota Iowa Basketball” src=”http://hawkcentral.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/S-Dakota-Iowa-Basketb_Rips-300×223.jpg” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”223″ />Aaron White scored 21 points to lead Iowa on Tuesday night against South Dakota. (Brian Ray/AP)
IOWA CITY, Ia. — Had this been a game of H-O-R-S-E, Iowa’s basketball team would have been blown out of Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday night.
Iowa missed its first 11 attempts from 3-point range in an 87-63 victory over South Dakota before an announced crowd of 11,269. The Hawkeyes finished 2-of-16 for the game.
South Dakota guards Casey Kasperbauer, a freshman from Carroll, and Jordan Boots both made more 3s than the entire Iowa team. Kasperbauer made 4-of-8 attempts. Boots, son of South Dakota coach Dave Boots, made 3-of-4 tries. The Coyotes finished with nine triples in 22 attempts.
But no one was wringing their hands with concern over Iowa’s lack of success from 3.
“Not at all,” Iowa’s Devyn Marble said. “I had two that went in and out. I think being able to shoot when the game is tight is more important.”
The poor shooting was offset by some staggering numbers. Iowa outscored South Dakota in the paint, 54-14, had a 24-4 edge in second-chance points and a 23-7 advantage in points off turnovers.
Aaron White led Iowa with 21 points. Marble added 14, Mike Gesell 12 and Adam Woodbury 10. Backup center Gabe Olase
ni played 11 second-half minutes and finished with eight points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots.
“What he did is he played relaxed,” McCaffery said of Olaseni. “He didn't make any mistakes.”
But the most impressive line in the box score might have been turned in by freshman Anthony Clemmons.
Making his second collegiate start at point guard, Clemmons had eight assists to no turnovers against South Dakota’s matchup zone.
“Pretty impressive,” White said. “I think he’s growing with every practice, and every game.”
Clemmons’ emergence has allowed Iowa coach Fran McCaffery to move Gesell to second guard, with Marble dropping down to small forward.
“He’s seeing things,” McCaffery said of Clemmons. “A matchup zone is not the easiest thing to play against, unless you have a feel for how to play or unless you see it.
“He made great decisions. When to pass it, when to drive it into the gap, when to drive it on the baseline, when to shoot it, when not to, when to fake them. He was terrific.”
Five of South Dakota’s first seven field goals Tuesday were 3-pointers, and the Coyotes took a 25-24 lead 12 minutes into the game. But Iowa responded with a 15-0 run shortly after and coasted to its seventh victory in nine games.
“Early on our press was bad,” McCaffery said. “Just bad.”
South Dakota took advantage by finding shooters in transition and making six 3s in the first half. Iowa made adjustments at halftime, and the Coyotes (4-5) had just three more in the second half.
“We didn’t have the energy in the full-court press in the first half,” White said. “We weren’t getting back, and they were kicking it for 3s.
“We came back in the second half, played half-court man, switched on their dribble handoffs and tried to make them drive rather than shoot.”
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