Guard Mike Gesell was named Big Ten Men's Basketball Freshman of the Week following Iowa's 80-73 victory over Northern Iowa in the Big Four Classic.
It's the first conference honor of Gesell's career and the first for a Hawkeye since Aaron White earned the weekly accolade last February.
Gesell posted personal bests in scoring (23), 3-pointers made (4), and free throws made (7) and attempted (9) in Iowa's 80-73 win over the Panthers on
Saturday inside Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines. Gesell shot 66.7 percent from the floor (6-of-9), including 66.7 percent from 3-point range (4-of-6). He also added two rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes of action.
Perhaps Gesell's biggest contribution to the victory wasn't his three-pointer five minutes into the game that helped break a 10-10 deadlock and get the Hawks going. Devyn Marble credited Gesell with helping to push him to score a game-high 30 points.
“I got into a rhythm, hit a couple early, and that seemed to get me going,” Marble said. “They came out tight on me, but I was able to take a step or two back and knock down some shots. When that happens, it allows you to relax. Mike was hitting his, so I had to hit mine.”
The Hawks, 9-2 on the year, return to action Wednesday night against South Carolina State.