Iowa and Iowa State squared off in the annual cross state rivalry game tonight. Iowa opened the night with a 9-2 run in the first two minutes, but Iowa State fended off the onslaught and came back from trailing by 9 and again by 10 in the first half. They lead 32-29 in the first half at one point. Iowa All-American Luka Garza found himself on the bench for much of the first half after picking up two first half fouls. The Hawkeyes were still able to score 52 points in the first half, behind a 15 and 12 point first half effort by Jack Nunge and Joe Wieskamp, resepectively. Iowa State scored 41 points in the first half behind a fairly balanced offensive attack. Iowa State 5-14 three balls, shooting a full 13 percentage points above their three point average coming into the game.
Iowa opened the second half of play with a 9-0 run to extend the lead to 20 before Iowa State’s Jalen Coleman-Lands made a three ball to end the run. Luke Garza picked up his third foul early in the second half, forcing him to the bench until about 12 minutes to go in the game. Then, Garza went crazy from behind the three point stripe hitting four straight. He finished the night making 6/7 three point attempts, 13/14 from the field, and 34 total points. Garza, who has averaged a double double in the first four games, made his first rebound at the 8:23 mark of the 2nd half. Jack Nunge, who had a huge first half closed out the night with 17 points and ten rebounds coming off the bench. Wieskamp scored 16 for the Hawkeyes in the rout. For the Cyclones Javan Johnson lead the scoring with 20 points 8-16 shooting. Jalen Coleman-Lands contributed another 17 and made 5-7 three point attempts. Iowa State did shoot 44.4% from behind the three point line, but it proved to not be enough to dent the Iowa offensive attack, who shot 54% from the field, making 37-68 attempts.
Up next for the #3 Hawkeyes is the North Illinois Huskies in a non-conference match-up to be played on Sunday at 1:00 pm. For the Cyclones, they host Kansas St. on Tuesday night at 7:00pm. You can catch that game on KCHA 95.9.