The Iowa Hawkeyes opened the second half by outscoring Drake 25-9 to spoil the return of former coach Tom Davis with a 74-56 win over the Bulldogs. Nate Ritchie led Drake with 12-points and his three point shooting, along with a pressing and zone defense kept the Bulldogs in the contest as Iowa led 36-32 at the half. Iowa coach Steve Alford says they practiced against the press, but says they spent more time on their defense and offense. He says he doesn’t like to see the 23 turnovers. Alford defense helped the Hawkeyes turn things around as he says they held them to 31-percent shooting, outrebounded them by 12 and forced 22 turnovers, which he says will win a lot of games.For Davis it was his first time back in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since his tenure ended in 1999. He was presented a basketball by Alford recognizing his accomplishments at Iowa with his accomplishments at Iowa. Alford says he appreciates that Davis doesn’t want honors or awards, but Alford says he felt as young coach he appreciates the way Davis has handled things. Davis says his return was as emotional as he expected. He says the people that were his friends, and the people that work there meant a lot to him. He says seeing them again brought the emotion. Davis says despite being badly outsized the Bulldogs were able to stay in the game in the first half, in the second half he says they let it get away, which he says happens against good teams. Davis says he is happy with the progress of his team.
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