By Don Lund
The Hawkeyes picked up a lot of wins over the weekend, highlighted by the football team beating Nebraska.
The Hawkeye women’s basketball team won three games, the Hawkeye wrestlers beat the Cyclones and the men’s basketball team went 2-1.
I’ll start with the men’s basketball team which had a comeback like the Hawkeye football team did against Michigan on Nov. 23.
Iowa trailed by as much as 15 points to Xavier last Thursday in the Bahamas, but came back and won it in overtime, 77-74.
This is where Iowa’s depth comes in.
The Hawks had two players, Adam Woodbury and Zach McCabe, foul out plus Devyn Marble, who led Iowa with 30 points, cramped up so bad with two minutes left in regulation that he couldn’t finish the game.
Zach and Gabe Olaseni came off the bench with Zach scoring 11 while Gabe had 10 points and 11 boards… his first double-double.
Mike Gesell and Aaron White had some big baskets down the stretch and Anthony Clemmons led the Hawks with seven assists.
Last Friday, Iowa smoked UTEP, 89-53. Five Hawkeyes were in double-figures, led by Aaron White with 17.
How about Iowa’s bench scoring 48?
Tim Floyd, former Iowa State coach is the head man at UTEP.
The Hawks lost a tough game to Villanova, 88-83, in overtime Saturday in the finals of the Battle 4 Atlantis Championship.
Iowa led 42-33 at half, but the Wildcats outscored Iowa 39-30 in the second half to send the game into OT.
Devyn Marble and Zach McCabe were named to the all-tournament team as Iowa dropped to 7-1.
The Hawkeye women, led by Samantha Logic, won their first game in the Cancun Challenge knocking off USC, 78-65.
Iowa broke out of its shooting slump hitting 85 percent (17-20) from the free throw line.
Samantha had 22 points including 4-5 from 3-point range. She also had seven assists.
It was good to see Melissa Dixon score 18 points including 3-8 from behind the arc.
Iowa rolled over Boston College Friday night, 78-68, and all five starters were in double-figures.
Melissa Dixon hit five 3-pointers and lead the Hawks with 17 points. She also had five assists.
Kali Peschel was 8-8 from the free throw line and finished with 15.
The Hawkeyes finished the Cancun Challenge by crushing UNC-Wilmington, 102-65.
Talk about breaking out of a shooting slump, Melissa Dixon scored a career-high 32 points including seven 3-pointers, which is her career best and ties the school record.
Melissa and Samantha Logic were named were named to the all-tournament team. Melissa was the tournament MVP.
The Hawks are 8-1.
The Iowa wrestlers traveled to Ames Sunday and came home with a 23-9 win.
The Hawks won seven of 10 matches including majors by Mike Evans (174) and Tony Ramos (133).
Iowa had two starters out at 197 and heavyweight, but still dominated as Iowa had 15 takedowns to Iowa state’s nine plus the Hawks had eight back points, the ‘Clones zero.
“When we came to town we know we’re getting a battle,” said UI head coach Tom Brands (who improved to 9-0 against Iowa State). “We had opportunities to put things away and widen gaps and we’re missing those opportunities.”
What a weekend!