IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Devyn Marble scored 18 points and Mike Gesell added 15 as Iowa beat Central Michigan 73-61 on Monday night.
Aaron White had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Hawkeyes (2-0), who couldn't pull away against the inexperienced Chippewas until a 14-3 run midway through the second half. Gesell powered the key stretch for the Hawkeyes, hitting two 3-pointers and assisting on another.
Kyle Randall scored 17 points for Central Michigan (0-1). The Chippewas cut the lead to seven points with 4 1/2 minutes left, but got no closer.
First-year Central Michigan coach Keno Davis, the son of former Hawkeye coach Tom Davis, was an undergraduate assistant for his father at Iowa from 1991-95.
Postgame Quotes - CMU Head Coach Keno Davis
"Our guys, I thought, taking away from this game, worked extremely hard. They realized that there are very low, if any, expectations for our team this year with just a few players returning from last year. But that doesn't mean we can't have a successful year. We're going to need that kind of effort, and we're going to have to improve.
"The fortunate thing about our team is we have so many young players, so many freshmen, stepping onto the court for the first time. They have the tendency to improve the most."
On staying in the game:
"We knew we were going to have to stick to our game plan. We're so similar to Iowa in what we want to do. We kind of had to go away from that tonight. We couldn't just go and play the same style that Iowa was playing with younger, less experienced, smaller players. It just wasn't a very good recipe. So, we had to mix it up on what we were going to defensively, and we needed a great effort from our team to be able to fight a very strong, very physical team.
"We have great belief in ourselves and in what we do and how we do it. There wasn't ever a thought from anybody in here that this was going to be a down game for us. We believed we could come in here, and yes we'd have to have breaks and make shots to win in the end, and we didn't. We didn't quite make the right plays for that opportunity. But we weren't too far from that and I think that's a good thing to be able to take away."
On Iowa's full-court press:
"I was amazed for having such a young team how good we were against pressure. I really worried coming into this game that they would get after us, turn us over, and we were pretty good against it. There won't be many teams come against Iowa and feel that comfort level."
Senior Kyle Randall led the Chippewas in scoring with 17 points, followed closely by freshman Derrick Richardson who added 14 off the bench.
All five starters were starting their first game for the Chippewas.
The first half was plagued by turnovers and poor shooting for both teams, but both teams responded in the second half.
CMU 1st half: 13 turnovers, 29% FG
CMU 2nd half: 6 turnovers, 55% FG
Iowa 1st half: 11 turnovers, 36% FG
Iowa 2nd half: 4 turnovers, 56% FG
The Chippewas shot 76 percent from the line (16-of-21).
The game featured six lead changes (all in the first half) and seven ties. Central was able to come within seven with 4:39 left.