With an easy right handed lay up, Iowa’s Luka Garza climbed his way to the top of the Iowa record book. Garza passed former Hawkeye great Roy Marble’s record of 2,116 points, that had been set in 1989. The 32 year old record now belongs solely to Garza, after being tied for about 7:00 minutes of game clock.
Iowa got off to a 13-4 start as CJ Frederick hit two three pointers in the opening four minutes. PSU was able to make a run of their own to narrow the gap to 19-13 after the next four minutes, and then the fight was on throughout the first half. Iowa struggled defensively throughout the game. At the six minute mark the score was tied 25-25. Penn St went on a 16-11 run to finish out the half. After a tough foul call on CJ Frederick, Fran McCaffrey was called for a technical foul as an exchange with an official. Myles Dread made one of two free throws, and Penn St scored off of the ensuing possession to make the score 39-34. On the other end of the floor Luka Garza scored and made the and one free throw to make it 39-36 in favor of Penn State, but the scoring wasn’t done. At the buzzer a put back was blocked by Iowa, but ruled to be goal tending, which left the halftime score at 41-36 Penn State. Garza had 12 points through the first half, needing just one more field goal to break Marble’s all-time scoring record.
In the second half Joe Wieskamp scored the first nines Iowa points to help the Hawkeyes rally back. Garza nearly had the record on a put back early in the 3rd, but was fouled. Luka made the first to tied the career scoring record, but missed the second. Jack Nunge came in as a substitute following that play and we didn’t see Garza again until just under twelve minutes to go. Both teams went on a long scoreless stretch with the score knotted at 54, until the moment of the day finally arrived as Bohannon laid a soft pass to Garza in the lane. He took two steps toward the right side of the basket and laid it in like some many he had made before. After the record fell, the Hawkeyes seemed to be able to control and extended their lead out to 67 56 with 5:00 to play. During that stretch Iowa went on a 25-6 run. Penn St didn’t go away quietly, rallying to within five to make the score 70-65 with under two minutes to go. However, Iowa was able to close out the 74-68 win, regardless of free throw shooting down the stretch. They made 12-22 free throws on the night.
Luke Garza finished the night with 23 points and 11 rebounds. CJ Frederick had 18 points on the night. Also of note, Jordan Bohannon has pulled within two assists of tying the record set by form Hawkeye and Mason City great, Jeff Horner. The record stands at 612 assists, Bohannon has 610 after tonight’s game. Additionally, head Hawk Fran McCaffrey won his 100th Big Ten game. The Hawkeyes will next play at #3 Michigan on Thursday night. You can listen in on 95.1 The Bull. Tip off is set for 6:00pm.