No. 25 Iowa rolls past Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Sun, 22 Dec 2013 22:35:40 GMT —
Josh Oglesby scored 13 points in his season debut and No. 25 Iowa rolled to an 85-61 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday.
The Hawkeyes (11-2) opened their final non-conference game with a 39-5 run.
Jarrod Uthoff scored 16 points and Adam Woodbury added 10.
Oglesby missed Iowa's first 12 games with a broken foot.
He made his first four 3-pointers during a 6-minute stretch in the first half- drawing a loud ovation from the fans in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Tevin Hammond scored 19 points for Pine Bluff (2-9), which lost its ninth straight.
The Hawkeyes shot 75 percent from the field in taking a 52-15 halftime lead.
Iowa committed a season-worst 27 turnovers but dominated the rebounding 42-27.
The Golden Eagles shot 33 percent from the field overall.
Iowa opens Big Ten play on Dec. 31 against Nebraska.
Oglesby could become a much-needed outside shooting threat for the Hawkeyes, who rank near the bottom of the Big Ten in 3-pointers.
The junior struggled last season, making only 26.9 percent of his 3-point attempts after shooting an impressive 37.2 percent as a freshman.
It's unclear how Oglesby will fit into Iowa's already deep rotation.
Ten Hawkeyes average at least 14 minutes a game and Iowa coach Fran McCaffery now has five guards he's comfortable playing.
On one play late in the half, Iowa's Adam Woodbury fumbled his dribble on a fast break on what looked like a sure turnover.
But the 7-foot-1 center recovered and wrapped a pass around his back to Aaron White for a dunk and foul.
Pine Bluff outscored the Hawkeyes 46-34 in the second half. McCaffery even pulled his third team off the court in the final minute because of frustration with the sloppy play.
Pine Bluff is in the middle a brutal 15-game stretch of road and neutral-site games to open its season.
The Golden Lions' home opener is Jan. 18.
Iowa held a moment of silence before the game for Pam Culver, the school's longtime basketball secretary who died Saturday.