NCAAB Game Recap - Iowa at Syracuse
Tue Dec 3, 2019 7:00 PM EST

Mich
43
Lou
58
F
Duke
87
MSU
75
F
Brad
56
Mem
71
F
FlaSt
64
Ind
80
F
MD-ES
46
Baylor
78
F
HBU
68
Dayt
99
F
Butl
67
Miss
58
F
NDSt
60
IndSt
71
F
E KY
67
USC-Up
79
F
StPet
69
StJon
79
F
BethC
67
Stetsn
72
F
Dart
80
GASt
83
F(OT)
Copp
85
ECU
75
F
NW
82
BC
64
F
StAnd
58
App
90
F
Coker
59
GWebb
73
F
Rich
80
Hamp
63
F
W Ky
74
WriSt
76
F
OlDom
46
W&M
63
F
Chat
77
WCU
87
F
Oakl
72
W MI
62
F
Iowa
68
Syr
54
F
Lafy
94
StJos
71
F
Buck
69
Rider
89
F
UNCA
83
Charl
75
F
NoKY
76
MiaO
54
F
Detr
57
Kent
92
F
JacSt
60
GMas
67
F
Quin
77
FaDi
78
F
Valpa
79
E MI
85
F
Vermt
73
Cin
82
F
LoyIL
70
Ball
58
F
UMBC
61
Amer
85
F
(N/A)
64
Samf
97
F
(N/A)
38
MidTN
86
F
(N/A)
61
McNee
107
F
Lipsco
75
Belm
80
F
NebOm
73
ArkSt
78
F
Buff
76
Vand
90
F
SamH
86
TexPA
90
F(2OT)
UAB
57
Tex
67
F
TXAMC
67
TexSA
89
F
Murr
69
MOSt
71
F
SeLA
81
ULLa
98
F
NWSt
51
SMU
77
F
ChaSo
68
Mizzu
60
F
WIMil
53
Drake
56
F
APSU
61
Ark
69
F
Oral
60
Crei
72
F
Rut
60
Pitt
71
F
IlSt
69
TCU
81
F
UTEP
56
NMSt
59
F
MtStM
67
GrCan
75
F(OT)
JackSt
58
Denv
67
F
NOrl
54
LSU
90
F
UCSB
64
CSBak
60
F
InWor
60
Seatt
81
F
(N/A)
36
Sac
72
F
AzSt
71
USF
67
F

Iowa 68, Syracuse 54

Dec 3, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Iowa (6-2)

30

38

68

Syracuse (4-4)

29

25

54

Garza scores 23, Iowa beats Syracuse 68-54
Tue Dec 3, 2019 11:02 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse, we have a problem.

Luka Garza scored 23 points, Jordan Bohannon and Joe Wieskamp added 17 and 13, respectively, and Iowa pulled away in the second half to defeat Syracuse 68-54 on Tuesday night, the Orange's third straight loss.

Marek Dolezaj led the Orange with 12 points. Elijah Hughes, bottled up by Wieskamp, added a season-low 10 on 3-of-13 shooting.

Syracuse's 4-4 record represents the program's worst start in the 44-year tenure of coach Jim Boeheim and the worst start for a Syracuse team since the 1968-69 season when the Orange started 3-5.

"Obviously, our younger guys are not ready yet for top 25, top 30 teams," Boeheim said. "We're not ready for that. We'll get better, but we're not ready for these games. We're trying to play our best offensive players and they're just not scoring enough."

In addition to Hughes's woes, guards Buddy Boeheim and Joe Girard combined to shoot 4 of 18 and 1 of 9 from beyond the arc.

Syracuse is 0-4 this season against major conference teams and has lost to Virginia, Oklahoma State, Penn State and Iowa by an average of 15.6 points.

"It's obvious to me we could have played better, but those four teams are clearly better than we are. We have to get better," coach Boeheim said. "We're not as good as the teams we play. There's a lot of bad out there and I'm not seeing much good."

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was gracious in victory.

"They're a young club. I think they're going to come around," McCaffery said. "I think they have some really good players. I think some of the guys coming off the bench will eventually develop.

"What I expect to see is, Jim's been doing this awhile, he'll get this thing straightened out. It just takes a little bit of time sometimes when you have young guys and you have guys in different roles."

The game was tied at 33-all early in the second half before Iowa (6-2) went on a 23-5 run to take control. The Hawkeyes were just 11 for 32 in the first half and 5 of 18 from 3, but they got hot in the second, going 15 for 29 and committing just three turnovers after eight miscues in the first half.

Syracuse was 19 for 52 overall and just 6 of 21 from beyond the arc. The Orange were ice-cold in the second half, going 9 or 25 and 2 for 9 from 3.

UP TO THE CHALLENGE

Joe Wieskamp said he "took on the challenge" of defending Hughes "the best I could," and he passed with flying colors.

GETTING HOT

Bohannon was cold from 3 in the first half, going just 1 for 8 from beyond the arc, but he heated up in the second, hitting 4 of 6.

SAY IT AIN'T SO, JOE

Syracuse's Joe Girard must be wondering if he left his shot back home in Glens Falls, New York. The freshman guard, the highest-scoring high school player in New York state history, is 5 for 23 in the last three games.

NO BUDDY

Buddy Boeheim, Girard's backcourt mate, isn't doing much better, going 9 for 37 in the same span.

IT'S NOT SAFE DOWNTOWN

For a team that was going to rely on shooting the 3, things have been ugly for the Orange. Syracuse is just 20 for 74 from downtown in the last three games.

BIG PICTURE

Iowa: The Hawkeyes' victory marked a good rebound effort after an 83-73 loss to San Diego State, particularly playing short-handed without starter and 3-point specialist C.J. Fredrick and Cordell Pemsl.

Syracuse: Things could get worse before they get better for the Orange with road games coming up against Georgia Tech and former Big East rival Georgetown. An NCAA Tournament bid may be nothing more than a pipe dream when January rolls around. The Orange offense remains a huge problem and they get next to nothing inside.

"Obviously, it doesn't get easier for them in terms of schedule, but I think you have a core nucleus of guys that can win at this level, and he'll get them to do that," McCaffery said of Boeheim.

UP NEXT

Iowa: It's a quick turnaround for the Hawkeyes, who have a tough road matchup Friday against No. 4 Michigan.

Syracuse: The Orange continue their tough five-game gauntlet Saturday at ACC foe Georgia Tech.

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Leaders

Iowa PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
R. Till 0 0 1 3 0 0
L. Garza 23 0 2 9 1 0
Syracuse PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Goodine 0 0 1 0 0 0
M. Dolezaj 12 0 2 4 1 0

Team Comparison

Iowa Syr
Points For 68 54
Field Goals 26/61-43% 19/52-37%
Three Pointers 11/34-32% 6/21-29%
Free Throws 5/8-62% 10/15-67%
Offensive Rebounds 12 11
Defensive Rebounds 25 25
Rebounds 39 42
Blocks 1 2
Steals 10 6
Turnovers 12 16
Personal Fouls 15 13
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Iowa Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Dec 3 Iowa 68 @ Syr 54 R. Kriener 2 J. Edwards 2

Game Information

Stadium: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
Attendance: 20,844
Game Time: