Iowa Men's Basketball

Iowa men's basketball vs. Penn State: Box score, highlights, live updates recap

No. 18 Iowa won its 13th straight home game Saturday, earning a split in the season series against No. 16 Penn State with a 77-68 victory at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes improved to 20-9 overall, while the Nittany Lions are 21-8. Both teams are 11-7 in the Big Ten.

Iowa trailed by eight at one point in the first half but ended the half on a 13-4 run to go up 35-34. The Hawkeyes led by as much as 17 in the second half.

Luka Garza earned his 14th double-double of the season with 25 points and 17 rebounds. It's his 14th straight game with 20-plus points, a school record for Big Ten games.

CJ Fredrick returned from an ankle injury for the Hawkeyes and scored 10 points on 2-for-4 3-point shooting.

PSU's Seth Lundy scored 14 first-half points on 4-for-6 3-point shooting but had just two points in the second half until a 3 in the final seconds. Lamar Stevens led the Lions with 20 points and 10 boards. Penn State shot 35.3 percent from the field in the second half.

Box score: No. 18 Iowa 77, No. 16 Penn State 68


Game story: Luka Garza got his, but Iowa had definitive 'team win' over Penn State

Hlas column: Iowa has made Carver hostile to Big Ten teams this season

Point spread: Iowa (-4.5) covered

Over/under: Under 153

Stat leaders:

Points — Luka Garza, Iowa (25); Lamar Stevens, Penn State (20)

Rebounds — Luka Garza, Iowa (17); Lamar Stevens, Penn State (10)

Assists — Joe Toussaint, Iowa (8); Curtis Jones, Penn State (4)

Steals — Joe Toussaint, Iowa (2); Seth Lundy, Penn State (2)

Blocks — Luka Garza, Iowa (4); Mike Watkins, Penn State (2)

Up next: Iowa hosts Purdue at 8 p.m. Tuesday (BTN).

Live updates recap

Final: Iowa 77, Penn State 68

Luka Garza got the exclamation point with a transition dunk. He finished with 25 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks.

4:07 2nd: Iowa 71, Penn State 54

Mike Watkins was whistled for a technical foul for arguing a call, the second tech of the game on a Penn State player. Joe Wieskamp made both free throws again, then Bakari Evelyn hit two more for the initial foul to extend the lead to 17.

4:33 2nd: Iowa 67, Penn State 54

Penn State cut the lead to eight on a Myles Dread 3, but Luka Garza responded with a tough basket inside, then broke up an alley-oop to Mike Watkins. Bakari Evelyn drilled a 3 and Iowa quickly went back up by 13.

7:42 2nd: Iowa 60, Penn State 49

Luka Garza is approaching his 14th straight 20-point game. He has 17 even though he's only shooting 30.4 percent (7-23) from the field. Penn State is 1 of 8 from 3-point range, something that probably has to improve if it's going to come back.

12:57 2nd: Iowa 53, Penn State 40

Penn State has missed eight of its first nine shots of the second half, and that frustration is starting to show. Jamari Wheeler was whistled for a foul chasing Luka Garza for a loose ball, then picked up a technical foul arguing the call, his third and fourth fouls. Joe Wieskamp's two free throws extended the Iowa lead to 13.

Garza has nine points in the first seven minutes of the second half.


15:44 2nd: Iowa 45, Penn State 36

Luka Garza clinched his 14th double-double of the season with 17:49 left. His jumper from the baseline put Iowa up nine and gave him 12 points and 10 rebounds.

18:23 2nd: Iowa 42, Penn State 34

Iowa started the second half on a 7-0 run to take its largest lead of the game and force a Penn State timeout.

Connor McCaffery hit a 3 on a scramble play and Joe Wieskamp and Luka Garza scored in the post to put the Hawkeyes up eight.


Half: Iowa 35, Penn State 34

Another entertaining half of basketball between these two teams, even with Iowa shooting 36.8 percent and Penn State 38.9 percent. There were seven lead changes.

Penn State led by as much as eight, before an 11-2 Iowa run. Joe Wieskamp's two free throws with 1:14 remaining gave the Hawkeyes the lead. Wieskamp and Luka Garza have seven points. Garza is just 3-for-16 from the field. CJ Fredrick has eight points and is 2-for-3 from 3-point range in his first game back since injuring his ankle.

Seth Lundy, who came in averaging 4.9 points, has 14 for the Lions. He's 4-of-6 from deep.



3:27 1st: Penn State 30, Iowa 28

Seth Lundy scored 11 straight Penn State points, including three 3-pointers, before a Curtis Jones Jr. 3 put the Lions up 30-22.

Iowa responded with a 6-0 spurt. Two of those baskets came on second-chance opportunities. Well, third chance. Luka Garza rebounded two of his misses and scored, then grabbed another miss of his own and missed again, only for Cordell Pemsl to tip it in. Pemsl was fired up after the play.


8:26 1st: Penn State 22, Iowa 20

Seth Lundy is 3-for-5 from 3-point range for the Lions, his third trey putting Penn State up by seven.

Connor McCaffery got a 3 to roll in to cut the lead to two. Penn State then called a timeout.


11:38 1st: Penn State 16, Iowa 13

Ryan Kriener's layup snapped a scoring drought of almost three minutes for the Hawkeyes.

Lamar Stevens missed a dunk for Penn State, but hit a layup to give the Nittany Lions the lead back after Iowa turned it over on a three-on-one break. 


13:48 1st: Penn State 12, Iowa 11

Iowa hasn't scored in 2 1/2 minutes as jumpers from Mike Watkins and Lamar Stevens gave Penn State the lead.

Stevens was called for an offensive foul for elbowing Joe Toussaint in the face, but after review, the foul was switched to Toussaint for being in Stevens' space.

15:50 1st: Iowa 11, Penn State 8

Joe Wieskamp, averaging just 6.3 points in Iowa's last three games, rattled in his first 3-point attempt of the game, assisted by CJ Fredrick after a steal from Joe Toussaint. Luka Garza and Fredrick also nailed treys to help give the Hawkeyes an early lead.


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