Tonight’s showdown took place between 7-seed Iowa and 10-seed Davidson in Seattle’s Key Arena. Eleven minutes into the first half, Iowa and Davidson kept each other within striking distance. But Iowa opened up late in the first half with a big run, continued to build on the lead in the second half and rolled to an 83-52 win.
The Hawkeyes first-half run resulted in a 15-point advantage. Davidson had a mini run before the end of the first and the two teams went to their respected locker rooms with Iowa leading, 38-29. Nine minutes into the second half, the Hawkeyes went on a 13-0 run giving them the lead of 62-41. This was clearly Iowa’s night after it shook the early game jitters.
Iowa’s senior forward Aaron White finished the night leading all scorers with 26 points, shooting 11-of-14 from the field.
After 11 minutes of play, the Hawkeyes took the lead and never looked back.
Strange, But True
This is Iowa’s first tournament win since its 2001 win over Creighton, a span of 14 years.
Iowa goes on to play the winner of Gonzaga and North Dakota St. on Sunday. Davidson ends its season as the Atlantic 10 regular season champ at 24-8.