Created: 12/07/2013 10:36 PM
(AP) DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa simply was too big and too strong for Drake.
Melsahn Basabe had a season-high 15 points and the 23rd-ranked Hawkeyes used a 47-28 rebounding edge in cruising past Drake 83-66 on a neutral floor Saturday night.
The Bulldogs made it a game by hitting eight 3-pointers in the first half and led by five points. But Iowa kept pounding the boards, got its transition game going and Drake had no answer.
"They’re as long as ever," the Bulldogs’ first-year coach, Ray Giacoletti said of the Hawkeyes. "When you’re playing a 6-(foot)-9 guy at the (small forward) spot, you’re really long. That’s an NBA team."
Iowa (9-1) closed the first half on a 10-0 run and never looked back, stretching its lead to 23 points with 5:18 left.
Devyn Marble and freshman Peter Jok each scored 14 for Hawkeyes, who won their fourth straight over their intrastate rivals.
Chris Caird led the Bulldogs (6-2) with 21 points as their winning streak was snapped at four games. Caird shot 7-for-11 with five 3-pointers.
"That’s as good a game as he’s had," Giacoletti said. "He hit some big shots in a big-game atmosphere."
Iowa improved to 57-10 against Drake, which shot just 31 percent in the second half.
Jok played two years at Des Moines Roosevelt High _ about 4 miles from where the Hawkeyes played on Saturday night _ before transferring to nearby West Des Moines Valley.
He made his homecoming perhaps the best game of his young career. He had seven straight points to help keep the Bulldogs from extending an early lead and added a pair of baskets as Iowa took control midway through the second half.
Jok finished with a career-high seven rebounds and fell just a point shy of his personal best of 15 against Abilene Christian earlier this year.
Jarrod Uthoff had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Hawkeyes. Basabe grabbed eight rebounds.
"We had good first shot defense but couldn’t get the rebound," Drake’s Richard Carter said. "Second-chance shots hurt us tonight."
Drake raced out to a surprising start that included a three-day, three-game sweep of the recent Fresno State Classic.
The Bulldogs opened with a blistering display of shooting against the Hawkeyes.
Drake was 62 percent from the floor in the first 15 minutes and hit eight 3-pointers en route to a 40-39 lead. But the Hawkeyes found some traction with their transition game, and four different Iowa players hit layups for a 49-40 lead at the break.
The shots that fell so easily didn’t do so in the second half for Drake.
Carter finished with 18 points for the Bulldogs, who were outscored 42-12 in the paint.
The Hawkeyes host Farleigh Dickinson on Monday night before playing at 17th-ranked Iowa State _ which beat Northern Iowa 91-82 in OT on the same floor earlier Saturday _ in one of the most highly anticipated matchups in the long history of the rivalry.