#23 Iowa Hawkeyes Pull Away From Gents, 88-53
Friday, December 3, 2004

Tyrone Hamilton

Chad Maclies

—The Centenary Gents put on a strong showing in the first half of their opening game in the Gazette Hawkeye Challenge against tournament host Iowa. The 23rd-ranked Hawkeyes were not hospitable in the second half of the contest as Iowa pulled away for an easy 88-53 win. Centenary will face Southern Mississippi at 5:45 pm on Saturday in the third place game as the Golden Eagles fell in the tournament opener to UNC Greensboro, 79-78.


Iowa (5-1) began the second half on a 6-0 run to add to their 38-26 lead at the intermission. The final period of play saw Centenary (0-4) plagued with the foul bug as the Gents reached the double bonus with over eight minutes left in the matchup. The Hawkeyes widened their lead down the stretch with easy buckets from their quick pace of play and free throws. For the game Iowa displayed their superior shooting ability by connecting on 33-of-60 shots for 55 percent.


Pierre Pierce led the Hawkeye charge with 19 points on the evening. Greg Brunner added 14 points in the victory and 10 other players scored in the contest.


Centenary’s Chad Maclies scored in double figures again as he led the Gents with a game-high 21 points. Tyrone Hamilton finished with 12 points.


Iowa scored the first four points of the game before Jarmorrow Moragne hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to pull the Gents within one point. A Hawkeye layup off of transition gave the home team a 12-5 lead before Centenary began to whittle away the advantage. Three-pointers by Hamilton and Cody Hopkins brought the score to 13-11 and a pair of free throws by Curtis Tillman tied the score at 15 apiece after nine minutes of play.


Jeff Horner made the lead two again for Iowa after two free throws and the Gents missed their only chance to pull ahead when Moragne’s long distance shot was off target. A put-back by Mike Henderson sandwiched between trifectas by Adam Haluska capped a 10-0 run by the Hawkeyes to make the score 27-17. With under four minutes remaining, Maclies made good on both of his attempts from the charity stripe to position the Gents within seven points at 31-24. However, Centenary would not keep Iowa’s advantage under 10 points the rest of the way.    


Iowa finished the first half with a 21-point scoring margin on points in the paint (27-6) and a 13-0 advantage on fast break points. The Hawkeyes also shot a sizzling 60 percent in the first 20 minutes of play compared to 29.6 percent for the visiting Gents.