IOWA CITY, Iowa — It was all DePaul from the start Monday night in a Gavitt Games matchup on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Blue Demons led 13-0 in the game’s first three minutes and rolled to a 93-78 victory over the University of Iowa men’s basketball team. The Hawkeyes fall to 1-1 heading into Friday’s home game against Oral Roberts.
DePaul blitzed Iowa from the start, making five of its first six field goals — three 3-pointers — to storm out to a 13-0 lead. From there, DePaul made 7-of-9 field goals and 11 of its first 15 shots to build a 29-11 lead. Six of the field goals came from 3-point range.
“They came out right from the jump and got in our space and hit us in the mouth early,” said redshirt freshman CJ Fredrick. “We have do a better job of not letting a run linger on us. We let it affect the rest of the first half and after that run, we felt like we were fighting from behind the whole game.”
The Blue Demons shot 62.9 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes and made eight 3-pointers to build a 53-30 halftime advantage. DePaul finished with a 61.4 field goal percentage for the game, including making 11 3-pointers.
The Hawkeyes had four players reach double figures with Fredrick leading the way with 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Junior Luka Garza had 14 points and eight boards and senior Ryan Kriener and freshman Joe Toussaint had 13 points apiece. Kriener tied for the team lead with eight rebounds.
Iowa shot 42.9 percent from the field and went 6-of-18 from 3-point range. The Hawkeyes forced 21 turnovers (but committed 19) and were minus-6 on the glass, 34-28.
Paul Reed led a trio of DePaul players with 25 points, making 10-of-14 field goals and grabbing 12 rebounds. Jalen Coleman-Lands scored 17 and Devin Gage added 13 off the bench.
QUOTING HEAD COACH FRAN MCCAFFERY
“They were on fire (early). We had the mindset that we were going to get it all back at once and you can’t do that. (DePaul) is long and athletic and can compete on the glass and have a lot of different guys that can score.
“I would have expected us to be a little more concentrated in our effort, ability, to make a run back at them with 35 minutes to go in the game. We started hunting shots, quick shooting the ball, driving into packs of people, and making mistakes that were essentially inexperience mistakes by guys that have experience.”
- Iowa outscored DePaul, 48-40, in the second half.
- Toussaint scored all 13 of his points in the second half, making 4-of-7 field goals.
The Hawkeyes return to action Friday, hosting Oral Roberts at 7 p.m. (CT). Tickets are available at hawkeyesports.com/tickets.