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Gesell scores 18 in first game with Hawks
November 5, 2012 - Troy Hyde
True freshman Mike Gesell scored 18 points in his first 19 minutes as a Hawkeye, while senior Eric May, sophomore Josh Oglesby and junior Melsahn Basabe also scored in double figures as the Hawkeyes opened up 2012-13 play with a 100-54 win over Quincy in exhibition play at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa scored the first 22 points of the game and led 41-10 at one point. It was 48-19 at halftime and the Hawkeyes finished with 11 triples and a 46-32 advantage in rebounds.
“I think that can always be better. But I thought pretty it was pretty good,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “Defensively I thought we were really talking to each other. I felt better defensively than offensively.
“But we've stayed pretty much with the motion offense for this game and we’ve been really trying to work on that. We got a little stagnant towards the end of the first half. I thought there wasn't enough screening and cutting, and it was better in the second half.”
Gesell was 5-for-8 from the field, 3-of-5 in 3-pointers and 5-of-6 from the line. May scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and also had four steals, while Oglesby also had 15 points and Basabe finished with 10. May, Basabe and Oglesby all came off the bench in the game, but McCaffery does not see those three as “second string.”
“It's funny, but I kind of don't look at them as the second unit,” McCaffery said. “Because we've got Basabe in there. And Olaseni is a sophomore. Eric May is a senior. He’s been starting off and on for three years. It’s a very experienced group.”
McCaffery went on to say that he feels like May has been one of the top players in the preseason for the Hawkeyes. May played a lot of last year with injuries and seems to be healthy as the team starts the year.
“Not surprised,” McCaffery said of May’s strong performance. “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. It's great to see him jump shooting the ball the way he's been. He's been like that since the start of practice. That will be big for us, when he's scoring like he is.”
Every single player on the 15-man roster played. Aaron White had nine points in 16 minutes, Roy Devyn Marble had six points but took just three shots and freshman center Adam Woodbury added four points and six points in 11 minutes. His backup – Gabe Olaseni -- had six points and six rebounds in 14 minutes and junior Zach McCabe finished with seven points and eight rebounds in 15 minutes.
“Obviously, we want to put points on the board. We want to go, and we will shoot 3’s. What did we shoot, 25 3’s today? We'll press and run and shoot 3s and we're going to score points,” McCaffery said. “The more important thing is we held them to a pretty decent number, 33 percent. We didn't foul them a ton. We had a couple of crazy fouls late. We put them on the free throw, fouling guys 90 feet from the basket; we can't be doing that. But again, when you're pressing, that's going to happen some.”
The Hawkeyes were 23-of-26 from the line and connected on 11-of-25 from long range. They pulled even further ahead in the second half when that second unit scored 23 straight points.
Jordan Wilson led Quincy with 11 points on 3-of-4 from long range. Quincy hit seven triples in the game but had just eight assists and 31 turnovers. The squad shot 33 percent from the field.
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