Hawkeyes pull away from Penn State for 13th consecutive home win

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Full coverage of the Hawkeyes’ 77-68 win over Penn State.

Postgame report

Relentless defense carrying the Hawks to the nine-point victory over Penn State. Iowa using an early-second half spurt to turn a one-point lead into a comfortable victory. It’s the Hawks 7th win over a Top 25 opponent this season.

“They’re really physical. In the first half, they kind of beat us up. We let a couple of their 3-point shooters get good looks and they were getting hot,” says CJ Fredrick. “The second half, it was just a huge emphasis on locating people, walling off their ball-handlers and making them play in a half-court setting.”

“We knew that they were a team that feeds off of live-ball turnovers, quick shots and scoring in transition,” says Joe Wieskamp. “We knew that if we made it a half-court game that they we’re going to be able to score on us.”

“Home or away, we try to do the same things but it’s obviously a little bit more comfortable at home for our guys. They’re a team that prides themselves on getting in transition and scoring in transition,” says Luka Garza. “They rely on that to win games, so I think in the second half we did a much better job slowing that transition game down.”

Not the most efficient day for Luka Garza, but another double-double with 25 points and 17 rebounds. That’s the junior’s 14th consecutive 20-point game. That’s a new Iowa record, breaking the the old standard held by Fred Brown.

AP recap

Luka Garza scored 25 points and had 17 rebounds as No. 18 Iowa pulled away in the second half for a 77-68 win over No. 16 Penn State on Saturday.

Garza extended his streak of 20 or more points against Big Ten teams to 14 games, a new school record.

It was Garza’s 14th double-double of the season.

It was the 13th consecutive home win for the Hawkeyes (20-9, 11-7 Big Ten).

Lamar Stevens led Penn State (21-8, 11-7) with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

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