The Hawks struggled to take advantage of Purdue's loss of star receiver Rondale Moore and head coach Jeff Brohm's COVID diagnosis. Iowa struggled to stop David Bell (13 passes, 3 TDs and 121 yards) and RB Zander Horvath (21 carries for 129 yards). They also had 100 yards in penalties.
Spencer Petras' first start at QB showed signs of promise, going 22/39 and 265 yards passing, and ran for one TD. Iowa was able to rush for almost 200 yards, but lost two costly fumbles deep in Purdue territory.
Hawks came back from a big deficit to nearly tie the game at the end, but came up short. With the loss, Hawks get a #5 seed in next weekend's Big Ten tournament, and Illinois gets the #4 seed and a first round bye. Luka Garza led the Hawks with 28 points again, the 16th-straight 20+ point performance. Joe Touissant added 14 points, and Joe Wieskamp continued to struggle with only 7 points.
Luka Garza led the Hawks with his 14th-straight 20+ point game to tie Freddie Brown’s Iowa record. He ended with 25 points and 17 rebounds. CJ Fredrick returned from injury to add 10 points, and Joe Wieskamp added 13 points. It turned out to be the last win of the virus-shortened season.
Despite a strong effort, the Hawks fell short. Iowa is 1-21 in their last 22 games at the Breslin Center. Luka Garza has 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Ryan Kriener added 18 points off the bench. Joe Wieskamp struggles offensively with 4 points, and was held scoreless most of the game. * ESPN Game Summary
Devonte Green scored 27 points off the bench as Indiana rolled Iowa. Indiana made 11 3-point baskets and built a double-digit lead in the first half, depsite Luka Garza's 38 points on 14-of-22 shooting from the field. To make matters worse, CJ Fredrick rolled his ankle in the first half and didn’t return.
Iowa rallied again, down 4 points late in the game, and pulled out the win over 1st place Illinois. Luka Garza has another great performance with 25 points and 10 rebounds, including a clutch 3-pointer to seal the game.
Luka Garza has 21 points, 18 rebounds and 3 blocks, and Joe Touissant made some clutch 3-point plays to help the Hawks rally from a 12-point deficit with 7 minutes left. They finished on a 21-5 run. There was also some controversial officiating around technical fouls. The Hawks struggled from the 3-point line again (3 of 20), but made 25 of 32 free throws. The win was Iowa's 5th in a row, and a rare victory over the Badgers (only the 3rd win in the last 11 matchups).
Luka Garza continued his dominating offensive performance with 28 points and 13 rebounds against the best defense in the Big Ten. Joe Touissant played well with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Luka Garza scored 33 points, going 10 of 18 from the field and 11 of 13 from the line as he repeatedly drew fouls from the Wolverines. Four Iowa players scored in double figures: CJ Fredrick (21), Joe Wieskamp (20), and Ryan Kriener (14).
Luka Garza continued his unstoppable scoring with 27 points (despite foul trouble). Guard CJ Fredrick returned from a stress reaction, and made an impact by knocking down three treys in the first half, and finishing with 11 points. The Hawks hit on 10 3-pointers in the game, and had it's first conference road win of the year.
Iowa bounces back from a bad loss at Nebraska. Joe Wieskamp scored 26 points and Big Ten scoring leader Luka Garza had 21 points and 13 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season. 12th-ranked Maryland was held to its second-lowest point total of the season.
Penn State hit clutch shots at the end, and the Hawks struggled at the free throw line and made 15 turnovers, and were unable to pull out the victory in the historic Palestra. The crowd was heavily in favor of PSU. Luka Garza had 34 points and 12 rebounds, Joe Wieskamp had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and freshman Joe Touissant added 18 points.
Luka Garza scored 23 points to help lead Iowa to an easy win. Ryan Kriener scored a career-high 20 points after making all nine of his shots (many of them on dunks). Joe Wieskamp scored 18 points, spearheading a 16-0 run early in the second half that allowed Iowa to completely take control. Freshman point guard Joe Touissant finished with six points, seven assists and four steals.
Iowa's Ihmir Smith-Marsette scored on a 6-yard run, a 98-yard kickoff return and a 12-yard reception -- all in the second quarter -- to lead Iowa to a 49-24 rout of No. 22 USC. The Hawkeyes won their fourth straight game for their sixth 10-win season in coach Kirk Ferentz's 21 years. The Hawkeyes honored both Hayden Fry, the former coach who died Dec. 17 at age 90, and Bump Elliott, a former athletic director who died Dec. 7 at 94. Senior Nate Stanley became the fifth Iowa quarterback to start three bowl games. He won all three. Against USC, he was 18 of 27 for 213 yards with 2 touchdown passes.
There was a moment of silence before the national anthem for Fry. Iowa also paid tribute to Fry by removing the Tigerhawk decals from its helmets. Fry introduced the logo during his 20-year tenure, which included trips to the Holiday Bowl in 1986, 1987 and 1991.
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The Hawks built up a 15-point lead, then after losing the lead late in the game on 24 turnovers, Joe Wieskamp and Bakari Evelyn hit clutch 3-pointers to pull out the victory. CJ Fredrick (a Cincinnati native) led the Hawks with 21 points, and Luka Garza scored 12 points with 13 rebounds.