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Woodbury's Hawkeye passion easy to see

[ 0 ] November 19, 2012 |

Freshman center Adam Woodbury (left) celebrates with teammates Saturday.

Zach McCabe drew a charge during Iowa’s comeback from a 20-point deficit Saturday against Gardner-Webb.

And then he took the real hit. A fired-up Adam Woodbury grabbed McCabe by the jersey and gave him a tug. McCabe finally escaped, with a smile on his face.

Woodbury is an excitable freshman. And not exactly a sharpshooter at the free-throw line. But he’s worked hard on that part of his game as a freshman. And during the comeback, Woodbury got fouled and made both ends of a one-and-one.

The charity tosses tied the game, with 9 minutes 11 seconds to play. Woodbury then checked out, and said something to Iowa coach Fran McCaffery as he headed for the bench.

“He was really excited about making those fr

ee throws,” McCaffery said. “He said, “All day, coach, all day.’ ”

A wry smile broke out on McCaffery’s face.

There’s no doubt that the 7-foot-1 freshman from Sioux City is going to make a big mark on the Iowa program. His offense is a work in progress, but he runs the floor and is a very good passer for a big man. Woodbury scored a career-best 12 points against Gardner-Webb and added eight rebounds in the 65-56 victory. He also had two steals, a block and no turnovers.

“He was absolutely spectacular,” McCaffery said.

Woodbury had just four points and two rebounds at half, and played just 8 minutes because of two fouls.

“He was out with two fouls and he watched it with great frustration as we all did, and really was determined to impact the game,” McCaffery said. “We went back to him, and he’s getting put backs, keeping it alive. He’s playing unbelievable defense. He’s staying down on shot fakes. He was just really intelligent.”

Woodbury, averaging 7.0 points and 5.5 rebounds, will be back in the starting lineup Tuesday when the Hawkeyes meet Western Kentucky in the Cancun Challenge. Iowa plays a second game Wednesday, against DePaul or Wichita State, then plays at Virginia Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Nov. 27. Iowa’s next home game is Dec. 1 against Texas A. and M.-Corpus Christi.

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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