Hawkeyes Beat London Lions Again

By Scott Dochterman, Reporter


By Josh Christensen

LONDON, England - Iowa won its second straight game on its European trip, topping the London Lions 107-72 today at Copper Box.

Afterward, Iowa center and London native Gabe Olaseni talked about his experience of playing before his hometown crowd. Olaseni had eight points by halftime and finished with 14.

“It meant everything,” Olaseni said. “I couldn’t have dreamed of a better atmosphere. Every time I like stepped off the court, all I could think about was my teammates and my family. It’s just a great opportunity. I’m forever grateful to the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play here. It’s something I’ll remember forever.”

“I thought Gabe was nervous in the beginning and he made some of his freshman mistakes that he made when he was younger,” Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said “The impressive thing about him was how he responded after that. Once he settled down, he became a dominant player which is what he is. He’s got that ability every night.

“I’m just thrilled for him to be able to do it in this atmosphere.”

Iowa freshman Peter Jok led all scorers with 18 points. Iowa juniors Josh Oglesby and Aaron White scored 17 and 16 points, respectively. Olaseni scored 14 points, while Melsahn Basabe chipped in with 12. Adam Woodbury scored eight points, and Devyn Marble added six.

Iowa’s next game will be Friday in Paris, France.

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