Iowa Men's Basketball

Iowa men's basketball at Northwestern: Box score, highlights, live updates recap

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats

Iowa won its first Big Ten men's basketball road game of the season Tuesday night at last-place Northwestern, 75-62.

The Hawkeyes improved to 12-5 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats are now 6-10, 1-5.

Box score: Iowa 75, Northwestern 62

Recap: CJ Fredrick and Iowa basketball put best foot forward in win at Northwestern

 

Turning point: Luka Garza picked up his third foul 22 seconds into the second half and watched the next 7 minutes, 53 seconds from the bench. When he came back, he made an immediate impact with a personal 7-0 run and 14 straight Iowa points in all. A 19-5 Iowa run put the Hawkeyes up 70-51 with 5:01 to go and they cruised from there.

MVP: Like just about every team this season, Northwestern had no answer for Garza. Along with his game-changing run in the second half, the big man scored Iowa's first 10 points of the game, including a pair of 3-pointers. He finished with 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting in just 24 minutes. Oh, and Northwestern posts Jared Jones and Ryan Young both fouled out.

Key stat: 7. With Jordan Bohannon out for the season, Iowa needs other guards to emerge as threats from deep, and they did against Northwestern with seven treys. CJ Fredrick returned from a foot injury and hit 3 of 7 3-pointers, Connor McCaffery hit 2 of 3 and Bakari Evelyn drained 2 of 4. Iowa shot 11 of 22 from deep as a team, a far cry from last Tuesday's 4-of-33 performance in a loss at Nebraska.

Stat leaders

Points — Luka Garza, Iowa (27); Miller Kopp, Northwestern (15)

Rebounds — Connor McCaffery, Iowa (7); Pete Nance, Northwestern (10)

Assists — Bakari Evelyn, Iowa (7); Pat Spencer, A.J. Turner, Northwestern (4)

Steals — Joe Wieskamp, CJ Fredrick, Iowa (2); Robbie Beran, Northwestern (2)

Blocks — Luka Garza, Iowa (2)

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Up next: Iowa hosts No. 19 Michigan at 8 p.m. Friday. The Wolverines won the teams' first meeting in December, 108-94.

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