Iowa City, Iowa –- Iowa utilized a decided height advantage to dominate the backboards and come away with a 75-54 win over Brown at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Saturday afternoon. The win lifts the Hawkeye's to 5-3 overall, while Brown falls to 4-5 overall heading into Monday's game against Providence at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
Iowa controlled the backboards, out-rebounding the Bears by a 56-37 margin. Sophomore forward Melsahn Basabe led the Hawkeye's with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore forward Roy Marble also scored in double figures for Iowa with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Bears' junior forward Andrew McCarthy was the top big man on the floor, scoring 11 of his game high 17 points in the second half, while grabbing seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Sean McGonagill was solid overall with nine points, eight rebounds and a game high six assists for the Bears.
Both teams struggled from behind the three-point arc, with Brown connecting on just 4 of 22 treys (18-percent), and Iowa 2 of 10 treys (20-percent).
Cold shooting by the Bears (2 of 15) allowed Iowa to jump out to an early 21-6 advantage to open the game, following a basket by Marble with 9:28 remaining in the first half.
After its initial slow start, Brown kept pace with the Hawkeye's for the remainder of the half and trailed, 38-24, at intermission. McGonagill and McCarthy each scored six first half points to pace the Bears.
Iowa broke the game open by outscoring the Bears 10-3 to open the half and build a 21-point lead, 48-27, with 17:21 remaining on a dunk by junior guard Eric May.
McCarthy helped the Bears make a mini run and cut the Iowa lead to 14 points, 58-44, with 9:03 left in the game. But that was a close as the Bears would get as Iowa came back to lead by as many as 24 points in the second half, 73-49, with 3:01 remaining.
Brown returns to action on Monday evening, traveling downtown Providence to face the Providence Friars at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The game will be available on ESPN3 with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Pictured: Sean McGonagill '14. photo by Jeff Becker