NCAAB Game Recap - Kennesaw State at Iowa
Sun Dec 29, 2019 4:00 PM EST

WVU
67
OhSt
59
F
Kansas
72
Stan
56
F
AlSt
59
Oreg
98
F
Lipsco
59
Aub
86
F
UMassL
60
Mich
86
F
Bry
70
MD
84
F
W MI
62
MSU
95
F
Navy
56
UVA
65
F
Corn
59
PSU
90
F
CSBak
58
TxTch
73
F
KennSt
51
Iowa
93
F
Norf
65
Stony
81
F
AlaAM
56
ND
82
F
NJIT
47
UConn
69
F
(N/A)
55
CenCT
89
F
Lib
57
LSU
74
F
CmbTN
42
Chat
72
F
Iona
54
Colora
99
F
(N/A)
48
ETSU
117
F
KTChr
56
Presb
81
F
TXAMC
52
Nebras
73
F
NCAT
64
Ill
95
F
(N/A)
45
Bingha
98
F
VMI
82
USC-Up
91
F
Lafy
67
SacHr
66
F
HolyC
62
Sien
74
F
Campbl
63
Ohio
55
F
SeLA
31
OkSt
82
F
(N/A)
72
TN-M
92
F
(N/A)
48
SIU-E
96
F
AbCh
66
WichSt
84
F
SamH
75
Rice
61
F
Duques
61
Marsh
83
F
(N/A)
45
Radf
90
F
UCDav
69
NM
74
F
Hartfo
67
NW
66
F
TNTec
63
Miss
80
F
Leh
62
Princ
71
F
App
60
NCSU
72
F
URI
89
MidTN
62
F
Alc
57
SCla
92
F
(N/A)
67
USD
93
F
ChBap
61
NWSt
101
F
LoyMD
51
VACom
85
F
FlAtl
58
SoFL
60
F
(N/A)
59
SEMO
74
F
NDSt
66
Denv
55
F
SDSt
78
NebOm
81
F
SDak
75
W IL
82
F
N DA
66
OrSt
83
F
Harv
71
Cal
63
F
NNMU
30
NMSt
104
F
UCSB
85
ULLa
77
F
Tuls
67
KansSt
69
F
Boston
69
(N/A)
67
F
MD-ES
37
VaTec
92
F
Ark
71
Ind
64
F
Rich
78
Alab
90
F
BethC
67
StLou
77
F
ArkPB
50
WaSt
65
F
Maine
51
HI
91
F
FlGlf
58
USC
71
F

Dec 29, 2019, 4:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Kennesaw State (1-12)

30

21

51

(25) Iowa (10-3)

49

44

93

No. 25 Iowa routs Kennesaw State 93-51
Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:09 PM

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Sometimes, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said, teams can come back from Christmas break and not be focused.

He knew that wasn't going to happen with the Hawkeyes in Sunday's game against Kennesaw State.

The No. 25 Hawkeyes were sharp in a 93-51 home win to close the non-conference portion of their schedule.

Luka Garza scored 23 points and Ryan Kriener added a career-high 20 for the Hawkeyes (10-3). Kriener made all nine of his shots, while Garza was 9-of-11.

Getting them the ball was a big part of Iowa's game plan, and McCaffery knew his team understood.

"I thought our guys recognized when Luka was hot early," McCaffery said. "We recognized when Kriener was going."

"We knew we had to get out here and take care of business," Garza said. "I thought we did a good job of that, executing (the game plan). We all came back in shape. We really pushed each other every day in practice. For this game, we were focused, taking care of this."

"This is probably the best shape this team has been in as a whole since I've been here coming off the winter break," Kriener said. "That speaks a lot to our commitment. As a senior, that's one of those little things that means a lot to me."

The Hawkeyes had season highs with 14 steals and 27 assists. Iowa had 34 points off 24 Kennesaw State turnovers, and had 64 points in the paint, compared to just 22 for the Owls.

It was a season-high in points for the Hawkeyes, who shot 60% (39-of-65) for the game.

Garza has scored 20 or more points in eight games this season. He added eight rebounds, just missing his fourth consecutive double-double.

Kriener, who came into the game averaging 6.3 points, scored in double figures for the second time this season. His previous career high was 15 on three occasions, the last time in a game last season against Michigan.

Forward Cordell Pemsl went 4-of-6 from the field, so the three frontcourt players combined to go 22-of-26.

"Our guys recognized when Luka was hot early, recognized when Kriener was going, got the ball to Cordell in (one) stretch," McCafffery said. "That's what we do - we move the ball and share the ball."

Kriener liked his statistic line.

"Didn't miss a shot, no turnovers," he said. "So that's good."

Joe Wieskamp added 18 points for Iowa.

Kennesaw State (1-12) stayed close early, trailing just 30-22 with 8:39 left in the first half. But Iowa went on an 18-6 run, and led 49-30 at halftime. The Hawkeyes added a 16-0 run in the second half.

Terrell Burden had 14 points and Ugo Obineke had 13 to lead Kennesaw State.

BIG PICTURE

Iowa: The Hawkeyes played their first home game in 20 days, and after a stretch of seven games that included three neutral-court games and three road games, needed an easy one.

That is why McCaffery gave them three days off after a Dec. 21 win over Cincinnati in Chicago.

"They deserved a break after the tough stretch we had prior to Christmas," McCaffery said.

Kennesaw State: The Owls wrapped up a non-conference schedule that included eight road games. They have back-to-back home games next.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Iowa: The Hawkeyes got into the rankings last week and should stay with this win, although the Owls weren't much of a challenge.

UP NEXT

Iowa: The Hawkeyes get back into the Big Ten schedule with a game against Penn State at the Palestra in Philadelphia on Jan. 4. Iowa went 1-1 in two conference games in early December, losing at Michigan and defeating Minnesota at home.

Kennesaw State: The Owls open ASUN Conference play with a home game against North Florida on Jan. 2.

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Leaders

Kennesaw State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Ogwuche 0 0 1 0 0 0
P. Agostini 0 0 0 4 0 0
Iowa PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
R. Till 0 0 1 2 0 2
N. Hobbs 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

KennSt Iowa
Points For 51 93
Field Goals 19/54-35% 39/65-60%
Three Pointers 5/18-28% 6/16-38%
Free Throws 8/10-80% 9/18-50%
Offensive Rebounds 12 9
Defensive Rebounds 22 23
Rebounds 38 33
Blocks 1 8
Steals 2 14
Turnovers 24 7
Personal Fouls 15 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Dec 29 KennSt 51 @ Iowa 93 C. Washington 2 M. Baer 2

Game Information

Stadium: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
Attendance: 15,056
Game Time: