IOWA CITY, Iowa – Freshman Joe Weiskamp led six teammates in double-figures scoring with a game-high 14 points in Iowa's 103-46 exhibition basketball victory over NCAA Division III member Guilford today.
Iowa is being coached for a ninth season by Fran McCaffery, who was the UNCG head coach for the 1999-2000 through 2004-05 seasons. McCaffery's 2001 Spartans won the Southern Conference and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
The Hawkeyes shot 58.5 percent and made 12 of 28 three-pointers (42.8 percent). Defensively, Iowa held Guilford to 30 percent shooting and enjoyed a 47-29 edge in rebounds.
"We tried to play them in four-minute segments and play possession to possession," Guilford coach Tom Palombo said. "We did some good things in the half-court, but in transition, they overwhelmed us. And then they started leaking out at the end when they knew they were getting rebounds and the game got out of hand."
Kyler Gregory, Carson Long and Alston Thompson each scored eight points for the Quakers. Long drained two three-pointers and collected a team-high seven rebounds. Jaylen Gore added three points and a team-high four assists.
Guilford, which played Division I High Point earlier in the week, will open its season on Friday at Methodist.
"We did things a lot better today, Palombo said. "We're still a little sloppy and have some younger guys turning the ball over a bit too much and made some poor decisions, but the more experience they get, the better they'll be. We're going to get these guys in and bring them along so we're playing our best in February."
Iowa will open its season on Thursday against Mo.-Kansas City. The Hawkeyes return all five starters from last year's 14-19 club and are picked 10th in the Big 10.
"The thing about an exhibition game is that you're not playing Guilford, and Guilford isn't playing Iowa," McCaffery said. "Both teams are trying to get better. They're working on some things, we're working on some things."