IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa used its decided size advantage and deep bench to race out to an early margin and cruise to an 82-39 victory over UNCW in the 2013-14 men’s basketball season opener for Buzz Peterson’s club.

The Seahawks, making a season-opening swing to America’s heartland, visit Iowa State Sunday for a 1 p.m., EST, pairing with the Cyclones of the Big 12 Conference at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

In the first meeting between the two clubs late Friday, the Hawkeyes jumped out to a big lead and poured it on to delight a crowd of 15,293 at black and gold Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“We just could not make a basket,” said fourth-year UNCW Head Coach Buzz Peterson. “They took us out of our offense in the first half and we tried to attack it with dribble drives. When that starts to happen, everything snowballs.

“When the ball’s not falling, everything dominos on the other end. We’re a better ball club that we showed tonight. Iowa is a good basketball team, though, and they’re going to make some noise in the Big Ten.”

Sophomore transfer Jarrod Uthoff came off the bench to lead three Hawkeyes in double figures with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, Freshman guard Peter Jok and senior forward Aaron White added 11 and 10 points for Iowa, which bolted out to a 48-12 cushion at intermission.

Junior forward Cedrick Williams led all scorers with 15 points and added nine rebounds in a solid opening game for UNCW. Junior transfer Addison Spruill added 10 points in a reserve role for the Seahawks.

The Hawkeyes, ranked in the preseason top-25 in some polls, jumped on the cold shooting Seahawks quickly and capitalized on 13 first-half turnovers for a comfortable 26-point advantage at intermission. UNCW shot just 19.2 percent in the first 20 minutes and finished at 22.2 percent on 16-of-72 field goals on the night.

Fran McCaffery’s team scored the first nine points of the contest before Williams got the Seahawks on the board with a jumper at the 15:41 mark of the first period. But the Seahawks made just three of their first 16 field goal attempts to trail, 25-7, at the first media time out and the lead ballooned to 34-7 after the Hawkeyes completed a 24-3 run.

Iowa led, 35-12, with just over three minutes left in the first half and closed out the frame by scoring the final 13 points, including a triple by Roy Devyn Marble in the front of the Seahawk bench as time expired in the first half for a commanding 48-12 lead.

The Hawkeyes stretched the lead to as many as 47 points before the final verdict. A jump shot by Jok with 6:30 on the clock gave Iowa a 73-26 bulge before the Seahawks whittled away at the large lead in the final six minutes.

Williams, a third-year player from Murfreesboro, Tenn., was a bright spot for the Seahawks. He scored on a variety of shots, despite being in foul trouble most of the night. The 6-9 forward even drained his first career 3-pointer at the 8:20 mark of the first half with a laser from the right wing.

GAME NOTES: Iowa scored 42 of its 82 points in the paint…The Hawkeye bench contributed 49 points…UNCW had 13 turnovers in the first half, but committed just one miscue after the break…Cedrick Williams went 6-of-8 from the floor and the rest of the team connected on only 10-of-64 field goals…The Seahawks were a frosty 2-of-23 behind the arc…Iowa was whistled for just 10 personal fouls…All 11 players that dressed saw action and seven scored…UNCW’s three starting guards went a combined 3-for-24....The Seahawks dropped to 20-18 in season openers since turnover Division I in 1976-77…Coach Buzz Peterson now stands 1-3 in season openers during his four seasons at UNCW….Iowa had seven dunks in the rout.