Johnson scores 19 as Iowa beats Maryland Eastern Shore 65-48
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP)—Justin Johnson scored 19 points, Dan Bohall added 10 and Iowa beat Maryland Eastern Shore 65-48 on Tuesday night.
Iowa (3-0) held their fourth straight opponent to 50 points or less for the first time since the 1948-1949 season, when they held seven straight under 50. The Hawkeyes (3-0) forced eight second-half turnovers and blocked 10 shots.
Maryland Eastern Shore’s Ed Tyson kept the Hawks close, leading all scorers with 32 points.
Iowa went 12-of-23 from the floor in the second half after a dreadful first half when the Hawkeyes made just five field goals.
The Hawkeyes went scoreless for the opening 6:35, and didn’t hit their first field goal until a Jake Kelly 3 at the 12:33 mark. Maryland Eastern Shore (1-3) couldn’t capitalize on Iowa’s sluggish start, however, and the Hawkeyes recovered with a 12-2 run to take a lead they would never relinquish.
As poorly as Iowa shot in the first half, Eastern Shore was even worse, making just 27.6 percent of their field goals in the opening stanza.
Iowa used a series of small spurts to slowly take control of the game after halftime. Iowa opened the half on a 9-3 run, as Kurt Looby had two dunks and Justin Johnson buried a 3.
Iowa’s free throw shooting was the difference down the stretch. The Hawkeyes went 16-of-18 from the foul line in the second half.
Tyson wouldn’t let Eastern Shore die, scoring all but 9 of Eastern Shore’s 30 second half points. He scored 14 straight at one point, but Iowa, which lead by just four with 5:21 remaining, ended the game on a 22-9 run.