Senior Mike Gesell scored a game-high 24 points to lead the University of Iowa men’s basketball team to a 99-73 exhibition victory over Sioux Falls on Thursday on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes shot 49.3 (34-of-69) from the field for the game and made nine 3-pointers in 21 attempts. Iowa scored 44 points in the paint, had 32 points off of 18 Sioux Falls turnovers, and had a 49-34 rebounding advantage. Jordan Mayes led a trio of Cougars in double figures, scoring 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Iowa shot 52 percent from the field and 56 percent from the 3-point line in the first half, but turned the ball over 12 times.
The Hawkeyes return to action Nov. 6, hosting Augustana (South Dakota) at 7:05 p.m. Iowa opens the regular season Nov. 13 against Gardner Webb.