Hawkeyes weather Notre Dame run, win 98-93 for first Challenge win since 2005
Iowa falls in Battle 4 Atlantis title game, 88-83
Hawkeyes shoot 52.5 percent, 4 players reach double figures in an 89-53 victory
Hawkeyes don't grab first lead until overtime before downing Muskateers, 77-74
UI sophomore scores career-best 19 points in an 86-55 rout
Fairleigh Dickinson at Iowa Carver-Hawkeye Arena - Iowa City, IA Photos by Jeff Becker
The Iowa Hawkeyes face Fairleigh Dickinson Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 in Iowa City.
The Iowa Hawkeyes face the Drake Bulldogs in the 2013 Big Four Classic at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines
Iowa vs. Notre Dame (USATSI)
Dec. 3, 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Iowa City, Iowa
Hawk Item -- Only Hawkeye freshmen to post 295+ points, 85+ rebounds and 85+ assists in a single-season... collected 40 steals, which tie as the sixth-most by an Iowa freshman in school history... shot at a 31.7 percent clip from 3-point range, a percentage that ranks ninth-best by a Hawkeye freshman.
2012-13 Honors -- Earned the team's Academic Award and shared Freshman of the Year accolades. 2012-13 -- Played in 34 games, starting 30... suffered an injured right foot; missed team's last four regular season games (Purdue, Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska) before returning for B1G tourney... scored in double figures 14 times... made all 12 free throw attempts in seven postseason games... named Big Ten Freshman of the Week and ESPN Freshman of the Weekend (Dec. 17)... third leading scorer, averaging 8.7 points per contest... led the team in assists and steals eight times... ranked third on the team in assists (89) and 3-pointers made (33)... tallied 15 points and dished a game-high five assists in win over Central Michigan... netted 19 points, bolstered by 7-10 shooting from the field, to go along with four rebounds, two assists and two steals in win over Western Kentucky... tallied 11 points, grabbed five rebounds and collected three steals in win over Iowa State... posted a season-high 23 points in win over UNI... registered personal bests in rebounds (6) and assists (8) in victory over South Carolina State... netted 13 points in home game against #5 Indiana... had 11 points and four rebounds in home win over Wisconsin... scored a personal Big Ten-best 18 points while playing a career-high 39 minutes at Purdue... led team in rebounding for first time in career when he snagged six boards to go along with a team-best 11 points in road game at #23 Minnesota... led team in scoring (14 points) and assists (4) in double-overtime game at Wisconsin... credited with a game and career-high four steals to go along with 11 points in home win over Minnesota... dished out a Big Ten season-best six assists, all in the first half, at Nebraska... tallied 13 points and three assists vs. Northwestern at B1G tourney in first action since Feb. 21... led team with nine points in B1G tourney quarterfinal game vs. Michigan State... scored seven points in eight minutes in NIT win at Virginia... netted a team-high 13 points in NIT championship vs. Baylor... letterwinner.
High School -- Three-time first team All-State, All- Conference and All-Metro honoree for South Sioux City High School... is the No. 73 ranked player in the Class of 2012 by ESPN.com, No. 89 by Scout.com and No. 96 by Rivals.com... as a junior, he averaged 25.2 points, 8.2 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.9 steals while being honored as the Nebraska Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year... as a sophomore, Gesell averaged 19.9 points, 6.4 assists, 7.7 rebounds and 3.3 steals... he made 82 percent (158-193) of his free throw attempts as a junior and 79 percent (125-158) as a sophomore... was a Basketball Super State and All-State Class B Team Captain recipient his sophomore and junior seasons... holds single season school records for scoring (655), assists (212) and steals (79), career scoring (1,446) and single-game steals (8) and assists (13)... is a Wendy's High School Heisman state finalist and will be the team's captain this year... also excels in the classroom ranking in the top 5 percent of his class while earning Gold Honor Roll distinction all four years... is a three-time Academic All-Conference and NSAA Academic All-State honoree... fellow recruit Woodbury was a teammate on Martin Brothers and the All-Iowa Attack AAU squads.
Personal - - Born 11/9/93... business major... parents are Tom and Vicki Gesell... siblings Tim Gesell and Nicole Wojtalewicz... high school coach was Terry Comstock... AAU coach was Hank Huddleson.
Points: 23 vs. UNI, 12/15/12