Boxscore
Iowa 63, Western Kentucky 55
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 9:30 PM
Location - Moon Palace Resort, Cancun
Officials - Steve McJunkins, Jeff Spedoske, Paul Szelc
Attendance - 902

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Iowa 30 33 63
Western Kentucky 22 33 55

Recap


Iowa 63, Western Kentucky 55: Freshman point guard Mike Gesell scored 19 points and Melsahn Basabe added 11 off the bench as the Hawkeyes continued their best start in nearly a decade with a victory in the semifinals of the Cancun Classic. 

Roy Devyn Marble added 10 points and has scored in double digits in each game this season for Iowa (5-0), which is off to its best start since winning its first six games of the 2003-04 season.  

The Hawkeyes never trailed, and the last tie was at 3-3 in the opening minutes. Western Kentucky was within 55-48 until Gesell converted a three-point play to push the lead to 58-48 with 1:59 left. 

T.J. Price scored 16 points and Jamal Crook had 14 to lead the Hilltoppers (2-2), who shot only 33.3 percent and were 5-for-21 from 3-point range. 

Gesell, who had scored a total of five points in the previous two games, was 7-for-10 from the field and made 3 of 5 3-pointers.  

GAME NOTEBOOK: Iowa improved to 18-0 the past two seasons when holding opponents to less than 60 points. The Hawkeyes have not allowed more than 61 points this season. … Iowa is 10-2 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference. This was the first meeting between the schools. … Western Kentucky will face DePaul in the consolation game at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday with Iowa playing Wichita State in the championship game to follow.

Iowa Hawkeyes

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Mike Gesell 29:00 7-10 3-5 2-3 0 4 4 2 3 2 4 0 19
Adam Woodbury 13:00 2-5 0-0 0-0 3 3 6 0 3 0 1 0 4
Roy-Devyn Marble 33:00 3-5 0-0 4-4 0 1 1 4 1 0 3 0 10
Zach McCabe 21:00 2-8 1-4 4-5 3 2 5 0 5 2 3 0 9
Aaron White 29:00 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 0 3 0 2
Eric May 28:00 3-7 0-0 2-3 0 6 6 1 2 0 1 1 8
Melsahn Basabe 23:00 4-5 0-0 3-4 2 3 5 1 0 1 2 4 11
Gabriel Olaseni 2:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
Josh Oglesby 11:00 0-3 0-2 0-1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Clemmons 11:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 22-47 4-12 15-20 8 26 34 11 18 6 18 6 63
  46.8% 33.3% 75.0% Team Rebs: 4   Total TO: 18

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
T.J. Price 22:00 5-14 3-7 3-4 1 0 1 2 4 3 0 0 16
Teeng Akol 18:00 2-6 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 3 4
Jamal Crook 30:00 4-7 0-0 6-9 1 1 2 6 4 2 4 0 14
Brandon Harris 31:00 2-8 1-7 0-0 2 8 10 1 2 1 1 0 5
George Fant 32:00 4-11 0-0 1-2 4 2 6 0 1 1 3 2 9
O'Karo Akamune 15:00 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0
Kevin Kaspar 18:00 2-7 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 0 2 0 5
Aleksejs Rostov 11:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
Stephon Drane 4:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
Caden Dickerson 16:00 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0
Kene Anyigbo 3:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2
TOTAL 200 20-60 5-21 10-15 12 12 24 12 22 11 13 5 55
  33.3% 23.8% 66.7% Team Rebs: 8   Total TO: 13