Luka Garza once again showed his vast potential, dropping 34 points in 17 minutes, while his Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Iowa State Cyclones last night. The fantastic center was the key in No.3 Iowa’s 105-77 victory.
One of the top picks projected for the upcoming draft (per many, the first selection) was magnificent with shooting from the field, missing just one of his 14 attempts. That one was from downtown in the first half of this matchup.
Garza had a slow start and was forced to sit on the bench following his second foul, midway through the first. His team had a lead at those moments, but with the big man out of the game, the Cyclones managed to get back and even take the edge.
Hawkeyes responded by creating a 12-0 burst, which allowed them to head to a break with a 52-41 advantage.
Garza came back at the start of the second sequence, displaying a fantastic skillset, going 10-for-10 from the field, while drilling four consecutive three-pointers. There was no chance for the Cyclons with him in such fiery mode, and they experienced one very unpleasant loss, their third in a row against the state rivals, four over the past five games. He ended the night with 34 points, three boards, and one assist.
Apart from Garza, the No.3 Iowa had Jack Nunge, who came off the bench to post a double-double, with 17 points and 10 boards with two blocks, all that in 19 minutes. Joe Wieskamp scored 16 points and had four rebounds. Fran McCaffrey allowed all his guys to play, giving a chance in the last few minutes to those who aren’t spending too much time on the court.
Among the Cyclones, Javan Johnson dropped 20 points, 8-for-16 from the field, with two boards and assists. Rasir Bolton had 18 points and five rebounds, and assists each, while Jalen Coleman-Lands added 17 buckets with six rebounds, hitting five threes in seven attempts.
Iowa State (1-2) starts the Big 12 season against Kansas State this Tuesday, at home. After that, they are hitting the road to meet the West Virginia Mountaineers, currently the 11th-ranked seed.-->
Meanwhile, the Hawkeyes (5-0) host Northern Illinois on Sunday and, following that, have a big showdown against the No.1 Gonzaga Bulldogs. Iowa will clash the top-seeded side on Tuesday at Sioux Falls, South Dakota.