IOWA CITY -- Three takeaways from Iowa's 78-64 win over No. 25 Iowa State Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
1. First half defense
It’s well-covered ground, the struggles of Iowa’s defense coming into the Cy-Hawk game. But without what the Hawkeyes did in the first half on the defensive end, holding the Cyclones to 0.784 points per possession, Iowa doesn’t win Thursday night.
They mixed man-to-man and zone, and ran an effective half-court trap that got Iowa State out of rhythm. It didn’t carry over as much in the second half, but was still solid.
2. Coming of age
This might – and an extremely heavy emphasis on might – be the game everyone looks back on as the “coming of age” moment for Iowa’s first-year players.
Redshirt freshman Isaiah Moss had the biggest moments of the second half, with a pair of and-1s and a few more timely jumpers. Moss had 14 points and four rebounds.
Freshman Cordell Pemsl had 11 points and five rebounds. Freshman Jordan Bohannon had eight points, five rebounds and four assists – while being guarded by Monte Morris. That’s serious impact from guys who’ve played a collective 30 games at the college level.
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3. Cyclone struggles
Iowa outplayed Iowa State on Thursday night. Save for the first 10 or so minutes of the second half, in which the Cyclones slowly worked the game back to within seven points, the Hawkeyes controlled the pace.
Whatever Iowa State has had in the last four or five years offensively has not shown up to start 2016-17 season, and Iowa exploited that.
The Hawkeyes did get a break in the second half from the Cyclones, who missed several shots at the rim – approximately 12 missed layups throughout the game.