The 23rd ranked Iowa Hawkeyes used a 12-0 run late in the first half to take command as they cruised to a 91-75 win over Drake in the Knapp Center. Iowa coach Steve Alford says they won the last three games in Des Moines by a combines seven points, so he says it was good to see a bigger margin on the scoreboard. Alford’s team improved to 4-1 on the season. He says Drake played very hard and his team also played very hard and didn’t buckle when Drake got the margin to 10.Iowa played without starting center Eric Hansen who sat out with a bruised hip but Iowa’s depth played a major factor in the outcome. Alford says it was good to see the bench step up.After falling behind 52-35 at the break the Bulldogs made a couple of second half runs but never could trim the Iowa lead to single digits.Bulldog coach Tom Davis says they got a little disrupted in the first half, and then could never crawl back into the game. Drake’s guards struggled all night but sophomore center Alou Keita had 23 points and forwards Klayton Korver and Brent Heemskerk had strong outings. Korver had 18 points while Heemskerk added 14. Davis says if they can get the guard play to come along, then he feels good about his club. He says Iowa is a good team with outstanding talent and good depth.Davis says Iowa’s experience showed during their decisive first half run, as his team missed some shots and got rattled by some officials calls or Iowa hitting some shots. He says those things impacted the backcourt more than it should have. Drake is 1-2 and visits Colorado State this weekend.
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