Iowa 63, Western Kentucky 55
Nov. 21, 2012
Iowa improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2008. The last time a Hawkeye team started a season 6-0 was 2003.
Wednesday's Cancun Challenge championship game will be Fran McCaffery's 500th career game as a head coach.
Iowa is 4-4 all-time against Wichita State. The Hawkeyes last played Wichita State on Nov. 24, 2009 in Kansas City; the Shockers beat Iowa, 74-57.
Freshman point guard Mike Gesell led all scorers with a season-best 19 points, bolstered by 7-10 shooting from the field and 3-5 accuracy from 3-point range.
Roy Devyn Marble scored eight of his 10 points in the second half yesterday against Western Kentucky. Marble is the only Hawkeye to score in double figures all five games in 2012.
Iowa held Western Kentucky to 55 points. The Hawkeyes improved to 18-0 the last three years when holding the opposition to 60 points or less.
Iowa held Western Kentucky to 33 percent shooting from the field. The Hawkeyes have held all five of their opponents to below 40 percent shooting from the floor.
Melsahn Basabe netted eight of his season-high 11 points in the second half against the Hilltoppers. Basabe also finished with five rebounds and four blocks. The four blocks mark the second time this season the junior rejected four shots (Central Michigan).
Iowa played 10 players in all five games this season.
Iowa attempted 20 free throws (made 15) against Western Kentucky. The Hawkeyes have attempted 20 foul shots or more all five games this year.
Last year, Iowa allowed 72.5 points per game defensively. Through five contests this season, the Hawkeye defense has improved yielding only 52.6 points.