IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Iowa men's basketball team (6-2) used torrid shooting and a decided edge on the glass to deliver an 88-59 victory over Texas A&M – Corpus Christi (1-5) on Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes shot 55.8 percent in the game and won the battle of the boards 38-23 in the victory.
The Islanders saw four players finish in double figures, with Joy Williamson (14), Hameed Ali (13), Johnathan Jordan (13) and Zane Knowles (12) all cracking double figures. But no other player had more than three points for the visiting squad, which shot 42.1 percent for the contest.
Melsahn Basabe scored a season-best 17 points in the game for the Hawkeyes, while Roy Devyn Marble (15), Adam Woodbury (13) and Josh Oglesby (12) also found their way to double digits. Iowa had 22 assists on its 29 field goals, while the Islanders managed just five dimes in the loss.
The Hawkeyes started strong, scoring the game's first seven points as the Islanders began the game 0-for-5 from the field. Ali stepped it up on the offensive end, scoring six straight points to lead a 7-4 rally as the visitors cut the lead to just four. But that's when Iowa got rolling and the Islanders went ice cold, as the Hawkeyes ran off 20 straight points to push the lead to 31-7.
At that point, the Islanders began to get things going in the right direction, with Williamson snapping the string with a putback off a hard-fought rebound to make it 31-9. From there, the visitors were able to trade blows with the Hawkeyes, with Williamson, Ali and Jordan each knocking down threes in the half, the last of which trimmed the deficit to 44-23 heading into the locker room.
Iowa outscored the Islanders 16-2 at the free throw line in the opening 20 minutes, but posted their biggest advantage on the glass, where they led 22-7. Ali led the Islanders with 11 points in the opening half.
Out of the break, the Hawkeyes regained their momentum, scoring the first nine points to push the lead to 53-23. Joy Williamson scored the next five Islanders points, but Marble countered that with consecutive threes to maintain the Hawkeyes' advantage at 59-28. The home squad continued its red-hot shooting, hitting 10 of its first 13 shots, including all four threes to push the lead to 71-34.
The Islanders responded with a 13-6 rally, holding the Hawkeyes without a field goal, to trim it to 77-47. Cole Martinez knocked down a three amid the run, and Knowles had four of his 10 second-half points in the rally as well. But it was too late to overcome the deficit, as the Hawkeyes came away with the victory.
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi will now have two weeks off for finals, returning to action on Sunday, Dec. 16, when it travels to Mobile for a matchup with South Alabama. Game time is set for 4:05 p.m. as the Islanders battle with former head coach Ronnie Arrow in the non-conference affair. For all the latest on Islanders Basketball, follow the team on Twitter (@IslandersMBB) and Facebook (IslandersMBB).