It was all Iowa in the annual Cy-Hawk men's basketball game against Iowa State on Thursday night in Ames. The Hawkeyes won their first game at Hilton Coliseum since the 2003 NIT.
Final score: Iowa 84, Iowa State 68
Updated records: Iowa 7-3, Iowa State 6-4
Turning point: Iowa made four of its first six 3-point attempts and sprinted to an 18-4 lead 7 1/2 minutes into the game. Joe Wieskamp, CJ Fredrick, Luka Garza and Jordan Bohannon all hit shots from deep in the early stages. The Hawkeyes didn't stay that hot for long, but it proved to be enough of an advantage to hold off any Iowa State comeback attempt.
MVP: Just about every Hawkeye played well, but we have to go with one of the best players in the country so far. Luka Garza poured in 21 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and dished three assists against the Cyclones. He was 9 of 15 from the field.
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Key stat: 6-26. Like the women's game Wednesday night — a 75-69 Iowa win — Iowa State struggled mightily from behind the arc. The Cyclones hit just 6 of 26 3-point attempts, including 2 of 13 in the fateful first half.
Points — Luka Garza, Iowa (21); Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State (22)
Rebounds — Luka Garza, Iowa (11); George Conditt, Iowa State (8)
Assists — Joe Toussaint, Iowa (4); Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State (5)
Steals — Jordan Bohannon, CJ Fredrick, Joe Wieskamp, Iowa (2)
Effective FG% — Iowa 50.8%, Iowa State 46.4%
Turnover% — Iowa 16.2%, Iowa State 16.7%
Offensive rebounding% — Iowa 40.5%, Iowa State 35.7%
Free throw rate — Iowa 30.8%, Iowa State 10.1%
Up next: Iowa takes on Cincinnati in Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 21. Iowa State hosts Purdue-Fort Wayne on Sunday, Dec. 22.