Courier sports staff
---- — IOWA CITY – Aaron White had 20 points and 15 rebounds as Iowa came from behind to beat Nebraska-Omaha 83-75 on Sunday.
Iowa (2-0) sunk 38 free throws to overcome 18 turnovers and a rough shooting night from the outside.
C.J. Carter scored 22 points for Omaha (1-1). The Mavericks led for most of the game before faltering down the stretch.
The teams were tied at 66-66 with 6 1/2 minutes left when Iowa used a 12-2 run to pull away.
Iowa's Devyn Marble scored 15 points. White and Marble combined to make 21 of 26 free throws.
The Hawkeyes looked lethargic and clumsy in the first half. Iowa turned the ball over 12 times in the first half. Omaha routinely beat the Hawkeyes to loose balls and long rebounds to lead 43-36 at halftime.
Iowa shot 3 of 14 from 3-point range.
Omaha's Devin Patterson scored 13 points and John Karhoff added 11.
Iowa State drills UNC-Wilmington
AMES – Naz Long hit eight 3s en route to a career-high 26 points and Iowa State pounded UNC-Wilmington 95-62 on Sunday
Georges Niang had 16 points and DeAndre Kane added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Cyclones, (1-0), who cruised to their 16th straight win in a home opener.
Iowa State hit 15 3s – two shy of the school record set last year against Kansas – and closed the first half on a 38-9 run. Long had six 3s in the first half, becoming the first Iowa State player since 2008 to accomplish that feat.
Chris Dixon had 15 points for UNC-Wilmington (0-2). The Seahawks lost to Iowa by 43 points on Friday.
Iowa State led the nation in 3s made a year ago. But the loss of guards Korie Lucious, Chris Babb and Tyrus McGee left some wondering from where the Cyclones would get their perimeter shooting in 2013-14.
Long, a reserve who hit just 5 3-pointers a year ago, gave Iowa State all it needed from the 3-point line in the first half.
Long hit 5 straight 3s to end the half and opened the second half with one from the corner to make it 55-22 Iowa State.
Freshman Matt Thomas followed with the first 3 of his career, and Niang buried one to give the Cyclones a 36-point lead early in the second half.
Thomas and junior college transfer Dustin Hogue each had 10 points for Iowa State, which shot 52.4 percent from the field.
Sunday's blowout capped a forgettable weekend in Iowa for the Seahawks.
UNC-Wilmington opened its season in Iowa City on Friday night, where the Hawkeyes jumped out to a 52-12 lead and won 82-39.
The Seahawks got off to a better start this time, inching within 14-13 before Long and the Cyclones overwhelmed them.
Drake survives 61-59 at Illinois-Chicago
CHICAGO – Richard Carter scored a career-best 38 points and Drake hung on to escape Illinois-Chicago with a 61-59 victory for new coach Ray Giacoletti on Saturday.
Carter, who averaged less than 10 points per game last season, hit 12 of 17 from the field and was 12-for-12 from the line, but even so the Bulldogs had to sweat the ending as a 9-point lead evaporated in the final eight minutes.
Illinois-Chicago's Hayden Hume slashed to the basket with one second remaining only to have his layup rim in and out. Drake's Jacob Enevold, who only played 11 minutes because of foul trouble, had subbed in for defense with 6 seconds left and snagged the win-preserving rebound, his only one of the game.
Marc Brown led the Flames with 22 points, Kelsey Barlow added 11 and Hume 10.