IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Aaron White scored 17 points, Adam Woodbury matched a career high with 16 and Iowa throttled 17th-ranked Maryland 71-55 on Sunday.
Peter Jok also matched a career high with 15 points for the Hawkeyes (15-8, 6-4 Big Ten). They opened the game on a 22-3 run and handed the Terrapins their third straight road loss — all by double digits.
The Terrapins (19-5, 7-4) scored just 17 points on 6-of-25 shooting in the first half as Iowa raced out to a 23-point lead. Maryland got within 15 before a technical foul on coach Mark Turgeon with 10 minutes left slowed much of its momentum.
Melo Trimble had 20 points to lead Maryland, which was outrebounded 30-19.
Maryland had been awful in its last two road games, losing at Indiana and Ohio State by 43 combined points.
The Terrapins looked just as bad against the Hawkeyes.
Maryland had as many turnovers, eight, as shots in the first 10 minutes. Its defense was even worse, allowing Iowa — which entered play 12th in the Big Ten in field goal percentage — to hit 10 of its first 15 shots.
The Terrapins got a little bit of traction behind Trimble and some full court pressure, but their horrid start was simply too much to overcome. White’s dunk made it 34-13 Iowa with 2:03 left before halftime.
Dez Wells had 12 points for Maryland, which had 16 turnovers.
Mike Gesell had nine assists for the Hawkeyes, who could be primed for a run in the next month. Four of Iowa’s last eight league games are against the Big Ten’s three worst teams; Penn State, Rutgers and Northwestern.
Iowa: Woodbury was called for a flagrant foul late in the first half for poking Trimble in the eyes. It wasn’t the first time Woodbury’s fingers found an opponent’s eyes either. Woodbury poked a pair of Wisconsin players on Jan. 20, moves that ESPN commentator Dan Dakich memorably called “gutless.”
Maryland: Woodbury’s eye poke capped a brutal first half for Trimble. He tumbled into a camera man midway through the half and popped up clutching his nose. He quickly returned to the lineup — and promptly got poked by Woodbury.
Iowa: hosts Minnesota on Thursday.
Maryland: faces Indiana in College Park on Wednesday.
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