Iowa Basketball Starts with Loss for First Time in 33 Seasons

Posted by Bret Feddern on November-17-2009 Add Comments

Things aren't looking so great for the Iowa men's basketball team. 

The Hawkeyes hadn't lost a home opener since 1962, but that changed Sunday night in a 62-50 loss to Texas-San Antonio.

This is the first time Iowa has started a season with a loss since a 79-78 defeat to Iowa State during the 1977-78 season.

In a defensive battle with a more experienced team, the Hawkeyes struggled to get anything going on offense. Iowa shot just 34 percent from the field.

Matt Gatens and Anthony Tucker, two of Iowa's returning players from last year, were a combined four out of 19 shooting. 

The Hawkeyes had to rely on Freshmen Eric May and Cully Payne for their scoring needs.  May came off the bench to score a tea...

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