The University of Iowa men's basketball team will be leaving Cancun with the first blemish on their record, as they dropped the championship game of the Cancun Challenge to the Wichita State Shockers by a final of 75-63.
The first half was a back-and-forth slugfest, as neither team led by more than 5 points at any point, as the Hawkeyes took a 35-33 lead into halftime.
The benches played a major role in the first frame, as the Shockers outscored the Hawkeyes in bench points 22-18.
The Shockers opened up a 9-point lead just five minutes into the second half, thanks mostly to two consecutive 3-pointers from Malcolm Armstead.
The Hawkeyes were able to pull within 2 points of Wichita State midway through the second half, after a free throw from Melsahn Basabe, but the Shockers continued to pull away after that point, and Iowa never got within 6 points of Wichita State as the Shockers came away with the 12-point victory.
The Hawkeyes were led in scoring by Aaron white, who tallied 14 points, while going 11-for-12 from the free throw line. Eric May wasn't far behind with 13 points, while leading the Hawkeyes with six rebounds. Josh Oglesby and Roy Devyn Marble were also in double-digit scoring with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Cleanthony Early led the Shockers in points and rebounds, tallying 25 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the floor, while pulling down nine rebounds.
Wichita State remains undefeated, with a record of 6-and-0 this season, while Iowa now sits at 5-and-1, and they will return to action next Tuesday against Virginia Tech.
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