Make that two straight wins for Hawkeye basketball.
Iowa took care of business in Evanston, taking down Northwestern 75-62 on Tuesday night. Luka Garza was all over this one, dropping 27 points in the win. Joe Wieskamp (11 points), CJ Fredrick (11) and Ryan Kriener (10) were the other Hawkeyes in double figures.
Here’s what went right for Iowa in the win.
Luka Garza was essentially unstoppable (again)
Stephen Brando said that Northwestern’s Ryan Young was getting a “baptism by fire” when guarding Luka Garza, and he wasn’t exaggerating.
Garza was unstoppable in Evanston for most of the game. He scored 10 quick points in the first half before Northwestern limited him offensively for the remainder of the period.
Then, the second half happened.
Garza dropped 17 points — half of Iowa’s point total — in the second, and Iowa ran away with things from there.
Garza has been so dominant this season that his 27-point outing on Tuesday is only his fifth-best scoring output this season.
Oh, and he blew a kiss to the Northwestern crowd. Keith Duncan would be proud.
Welcome back, CJ Fredrick
After missing Iowa’s last two games dealing with a foot injury, CJ Fredrick started against Northwestern. While it wasn’t his best shooting performance (four-for-10 from the field), Fredrick provided Iowa with a much-needed shooting threat.
Fredrick canned three of his seven 3-pointers, dished five assists, and recorded two steals — a solid return back to the Hawkeye starting lineup.
After atrocious first-half rebounding, Iowa bounced back in the second
Northwestern trailed Iowa by just six points at halftime, and the main reason was its success on the offensive glass.
The Wildcats had an impressive 11 offensive rebounds in the first half, resulting in 15 second-chance points. It was a glaring issue, but the Hawkeyes turned things around in the second half.
Iowa allowed just two offensive boards in the second. Northwestern scored a measly three second-chance points.
All in all, Northwestern out-rebounded Iowa 36-32. Not a great showing for the Hawkeyes, but a much better second half seemingly alleviated the first-half headache on the boards.
Bakari Evelyn quietly had one of his best games of the season
Bakari Evelyn scored 8 points in the win — his second-highest point total in a single game this season. Throw in a team-leading seven assists and five rebounds for good measure, too. His +16 plus/minus rating led all Hawkeyes.
Evelyn scored all his points in the first half, netting two of his three triples.
It was an all-around solid game for the guard, who’s been looking to find some sort of rhythm off the bench.
Other notes from Iowa’s win over Northwestern
- Iowa assisted on 13 buckets in the first half, turning the ball over just once
- Iowa came away with a 13-point win despite Joe Wieskamp scoring only eight points on two-for-eight shooting
- Iowa held Northwestern to just one 3-pointer in the second half