IOWA CITY, Ia. – Unlike the women's Cy Hawk affair on Wednesday night, there was no need for playful exploits, once the men got rolling in. # 19 Iowa got this out of reach long before the last moments.
An emphatic start in the second Half gave the Hawkeyes enough cushion to hold one last push of the state of Iowa. Iowa came out with a win of 98:84 in the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
A 25:12 shot from the break raised Hawkeye's lead to 20 as the crowd came to life in Iowa City. The cyclones eventually reduced the deficit by six minutes to eight, but Iowa countered with a 8-0 run to avoid any chance of collapse.
Tyler Cook and Isaiah Moss performed the Iowa show, each with over 20 points. The Hawkeyes also received solid contributions from Nicholas Baer, Connor McCaffery and Cordell Pemsl, who surprisingly returned after announcing that he would miss a knee injury this year.
With a lot of seasons to go, it's hard to say a match in early December was too important. But the Hawkeyes needed a jump to Monday's Dud in Michigan State. A Cy Hawk win does the trick.
The Moss effect
Moss could barely buy a bucket from the first games of Iowa, but the strong trip on Thursday was a welcome rejuvenation. In the first half he went seven to eleven and splashed just about everything he shot.
Since usual scorers like Joe Wieskamp and Jordan Bohannon were not at their best, Iowa needed a spark from outside. Moss stepped up.
There were rumors that Pemsl might be active when he was about to warm up before the game, but until shortly before the crash, nothing was officially announced. Instead of a season-end operation, the product of Dubuque Wahlert decides for the recovery and treatment of his damaged knee.
His juice was needed on Thursday evening. Pemsl scored eight points and six rebounds in 16 minutes and also provided a defensive test in the defensive end.
Pemsl's contribution should only rise if he straightens his legs again. More depth is never a bad thing in a long season.
When Cook wanted his, he pretty much got his. The state of Iowa threw everything it could against the native St. Louis, but Cook had been out all night.
His 10 rebounds were huge when Iowa nearly doubled the cyclones on the boards.
Dargan Southard discusses Iowa and UNI athletics, recruitment and preparation for the Des Moines Register, HawkCentral.com and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @Dargan_Southard.