The Iowa Hawkeyes jumped out to a 13-3 lead at the outset and rolled past an outmanned Southeast Missouri State team 75-41. The Hawkeyes smothered the Redhawks in the opening half as they managed just five field goals. Iowa coach Todd Lickliter says the Hawks focused on defense coming into the game.
Lickliter says they felt if Southeast go rolling, then they would be able to rise up and make some shots, even if you are guarding them. Lickliter says if they could have kept them off the free-throw line, then they would have played about as good as they could defensively.
Lickliter says the Hawkeyes still need a consistent effort, as he says they played to much in stretches, where they would get a lead and get comfortable and play "less high percentage basketball." Lickliter says you have to play the right way whether you are ahead or behind in a game.
Iowa is 5-0 and heads to Las Vegas for a matchup with West Virginia on Friday.