IOWA CITY, Iowa — With only two upperclassmen in uniform Sunday, Iowa’s men’s basketball team wanted a crisp, clean game that involved several players.
As expected, it wasn’t perfect. But the Hawkeyes (2-0) rotated 12 scholarship players in a 116-84 win against Savannah State (0-2) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The bench scored 76 of Iowa’s 116 points, the most under coach Fran McCaffery and seventh-most in school history.
WHY: Iowa overwhelmed Savannah State with 18 3-pointers, topping the school record of 10. Six different players hit at least two 3-pointers. Overall Iowa sank 18 of a school-record 43 3-point attempts (41.9 percent).
WHAT IT MEANS: McCaffery weighed redshirting one of his five scholarship freshmen before the season began but ultimately the Hawkeyes have played all five in their first two games. It was a difficult choice for McCaffery — he wanted to space out the classes but guard Maishe Dailey wanted to play. It’s an interesting situation for Iowa because with so many young players, determining each one’s season-long trajectory is challenging. Dailey scored six points in 13 minutes Saturday.
WHO STARRED: Backup shooting guard Brady Ellingson was in a first-half shooting zone. He connected on 4 of 6 3-point attempts for a career-high 21 points in 14 minutes — before halftime. Ellingson finished with 23. Freshman forward Cordell Pemsl added 18.
WHO STUMBLED: It requires effort to call anyone’s performance “a stumble” in a 32-point victory. But starting point guard Christian Williams scored just 1 point in 19 minutes. He did, however, add 4 assists and 4 rebounds without a turnover.
WHO WAS THERE: University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld attended the game. The arena was filled with veterans, who were honored with applause during a media timeout.
WHO IS NEXT: Iowa plays host to Seton Hall (2-0) at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday in the second annual installment of the Gavitt Games, an annual challenge between the Big Ten and Big East conferences.
Iowa's box score from its 116-84 win over Savannah State. Iowa's 18 3s and 43 3-point attempts are school records. pic.twitter.com/CIPK1sv8Qm
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