LeVelle Moton has sworn he didn't want to be head coach at N.C. Central to collect moral victories, but it would be hard to blame Eagle fans for claiming one today.
The Eagles kept Iowa interested until the last couple of minutes before falling 73-63 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in the teams' first meeting in men's basketball.
Jarryd Cole scored a career-high 24 points and added 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (2-4).
Vincent Davis (pictured) had 18 points and Michael Glasker 17 for NCCU (1-6).
Matt Gatens added 16 points and Cully Payne 11 for Iowa, which outrebounded the Eagles 42-21.
The Eagles will go looking for an upset again on Wednesday night at Air Force, before returning home on Dec. 5 against Carver Bible College.