NCAAB Game Recap - Rutgers at Iowa
Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:00 PM EST

GaTec
64
Lou
68
F
StBon
60
Dayt
86
F
Prov
64
Seton
73
F
SCar
67
Aub
80
F
Rut
80
Iowa
85
F
Mem
40
Tuls
80
F
GTown
57
Xav
66
F
Samf
78
Furm
101
F
Cin
89
Temp
82
F
VMI
54
Woff
66
F
Syr
84
ND
82
F
Ark
70
MisSt
77
F
Drake
73
Evans
50
F
UMassL
75
Albany
101
F
Citad
69
Chat
92
F
Bingha
83
Stony
79
F
LaSal
57
Rich
75
F
Duques
55
URI
77
F
PSU
72
Mich
63
F
WCU
79
Mercer
85
F
W Ky
64
Marsh
60
F
Manh
73
Maris
75
F(OT)
Vermt
59
Maine
57
F
Amer
93
LoyMD
91
F(OT)
Army
94
Lafy
74
F
UMBC
69
Hartfo
60
F
UMass
63
GMas
73
F
GrgWas
54
Ford
59
F
StLou
59
David
71
F
Navy
60
Boston
58
F(OT)
Leh
95
HolyC
96
F(OT)
Troy
63
ArkLR
81
F
SFA
69
NWSt
62
F
ECU
64
SMU
84
F
Lamar
89
InWor
77
F
NDSt
73
SDSt
78
F
NOrl
71
TXAMC
74
F
McNee
77
SeLA
61
F
HBU
83
Nich
91
F
IndSt
55
LoyIL
75
F
IlSt
63
Brad
75
F
UNC
77
VaTec
79
F(2OT)
AbCh
76
SamH
82
F(OT)
BC
72
Pitt
74
F
Crei
83
DeP
68
F
Fres
68
ColSt
86
F
Alab
77
Vand
62
F
NrthIA
66
SIU
68
F
CSNor
83
UCSB
75
F
CS-Ful
78
UCDav
74
F
ChiSt
53
CBap
85
F
UCIrv
56
LongB
63
F
UNLV
72
Nev
86
F

Iowa 85, Rutgers 80

Jan 22, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(24) Rutgers (14-5)

43

37

80

(19) Iowa (14-5)

38

47

85

No. 19 Iowa holds off No. 24 Rutgers, 85-80
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:27 AM

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Steve Pikiell thought his team did a good job on Iowa center Luka Garza.

Then the Rutgers coach looked at the box score.

Garza had 28 points and 13 rebounds as No. 19 Iowa held on in the closing seconds to beat No. 24 Rutgers 85-80 on Wednesday night.

"That tells you what kind of tier he's on," Pikiell said.

"I don't know if he's elevating his game," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "He's just dominant every night. You look at him, and you're like, `Well, I'm not surprised, 28 and 13."

Garza, the Big Ten's leading scorer, had his 11th double-double of the season. He came into the game averaging 22.9 points and 10.2 rebounds.

All of this, Garza said, is "fun."

"You can control what you can control," he said. "You can't control the numbers or anything like that. But you can control your effort."

"He's relentless," Pikiell said. "He's a problem for a lot of people. This league is filled with a lot of good guys, and he's right at the top of the list."

"Obviously, he creates a lot of confidence," McCaffery said. "You throw it in there, he's going to get to the free-throw line, or he's going to get a bucket. And defensively, he's really in a good place."

Connor McCaffery hit four free throws in the final 16 seconds, his only points of the night, to close out the win for the Hawkeyes (14-5, 5-3 Big Ten), who led by nine points three times in the second half before Rutgers (14-5, 5-3) rallied.

The Scarlet Knights scored seven points in a 22-second span to take a 77-76 lead, a stretch that included back-to-back turnovers by the Hawkeyes. But CJ Fredrick gave Iowa the lead back on a layup with 2:16 to go. Joe Wieskamp's 3-pointer 37 seconds later put the Hawkeyes ahead 81-77.

"We certainly had the opportunity to hang our heads," McCaffery said. "We did not do that. We kept fighting. We executed on offense to perfection, and then we got key stops.

"No one was quitting on each other," Garza said.

Wieskamp had 18 points, Joe Toussaint scored 14 and Ryan Kriener had 11 for the Hawkeyes. Toussaint also had seven rebounds.

Rutgers came into the game leading the Big Ten in scoring defense at 58.7 points per game. Iowa's total was the most the Scarlet Knights have surrendered this season.

"It's understanding that you have to be able to play through that physicality without losing your composure," McCaffery said. "I thought that's what we did in order to get 85 points against this team, a very good defensive team, as impressive a team defensively as I've seen on film."

Ron Harper Jr. had a career-high 29 points for Rutgers. His previous best was 27 against the Hawkeyes last season. Akwasi Yeboah had 17 points and Myles Johnson added 10.

BIG PICTURE

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights came in having won eight of their last nine games, but dropped into a four-way tie for third place.

Iowa: It was the fourth consecutive win for the Hawkeyes, who moved into a tie for third place in the league with Rutgers, Maryland and Wisconsin. It was also Iowa's eighth consecutive home win. The Hawkeyes are in the midst of a three-game homestand.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights, ranked for the first time since 1979, should stay in the AP Top 25, especially with a win on Saturday against Nebraska.

Iowa: The Hawkeyes should move up. They don't play until the next rankings come out.

UP NEXT

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights play host to Nebraska on Saturday.

Iowa: The Hawkeyes play their third consecutive home game, facing Wisconsin on Monday.

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Leaders

Rutgers PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Doucoure 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Harper Jr. 29 0 0 9 0 0
Iowa PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Evelyn 0 0 3 2 0 0
L. Garza 28 0 0 13 2 4

Team Comparison

Rut Iowa
Points For 80 85
Field Goals 29/63-46% 29/55-53%
Three Pointers 7/21-33% 9/25-36%
Free Throws 15/21-71% 18/25-72%
Offensive Rebounds 10 11
Defensive Rebounds 20 27
Rebounds 32 40
Blocks 0 5
Steals 5 3
Turnovers 9 15
Personal Fouls 21 16
Technical Fouls 0 1
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Jan 22 Rut 80 @ Iowa 85 J. Young 2 C. Pemsl 2

Game Information

Stadium: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
Attendance: 10,006
Game Time: