DES MOINES - In a brutal and physical game, the Drake Bulldogs prevailed over the University of Iowa, 60-43, inside the Knapp Center on Saturday night in men's basketball.
The Hawkeyes had a week off before facing Drake and they had a tough time matching and adjusting to the Bulldog intensity.
"I think after a game like this it's kind of tough [after a week off]," UI freshman Matt Gatens said. "You would rather play again and prove yourselves wrong, but it is something we have to deal with and forget about what happened and learn from our mistakes."
The Hawkeyes shot 15 of 48 (31 percent) from the floor and 8 of 29 (28 percent) from three-point range. The biggest difference came from Iowa's 26 personal fouls and Drake took advantage by hitting 23 from the charity stripe to the Iowa's five. Rebounds also worked to the Bulldog advantage, winning the battle 41-24.
Iowa freshman Anthony Tucker led the Hawkeyes in scoring with 12 points (4 of 10 from three-point range). Sophomore Jeff Peterson added eight points, five assists and three steals. Jarryd Cole, playing 21 minutes, pulled down a team-high five rebounds.
"One of the things they do is they matchup so well zone-wise," Lickliter said. "They do a great job of covering and they don't foul. That's huge, and I have been looking at them and that has to be the theory. Keep them off the line. We probably beat them from the field but they beat us from the line. I think it is a strategy and it is well played out."
Drake junior Josh Young led t he Bulldogs with 24 points on the night including 14-15 at the charity stripe. Sophomore Josh Parker added 14 points on 5-7 shooting, and Jonathan Cox finished with six points to go with a game-high eight rebounds.
"Their zone made us be a little less aggressive than we normally would be," Tucker said. "We just have to be more aggressive on offense."
"I was really impressed with Drake as I scouted them and even more so today," Lickliter said. "I thought they controlled the tempo and were the aggressor."
"They came out ready to play," Peterson said. "They set the tone for how the game was going to be played. We had to sit there and play catch-up and anytime you do that with a good team, it's not fun and it is going to be tough. It is just something we have to work on from the tipoff."
The Hawkeyes (9-3) are off until Saturday night when they host Western Illinois (4-7). They kick off Big Ten play on New Years Eve against Ohio State. Drake (9-3) begins their conference season Sunday when they travel to Evansville (8-2).