IOWA CITY, Ia. — Iowa all-American middle Luka Garza used to be surprisingly quiet Friday … till he used to be very loud.
Garza sat many of the first 1/2 of the No. Three Hawkeyes’ 105-77 win over Iowa State, and gave the impression to take that for my part. When the second one 1/2 began, he used to be in a position to take it out at the Cyclones.
The one query used to be whether or not Garza used to be going to make a two-point shot or a Three-pointer. He sank 5 of every after intermission, with out lacking. His Three-pointers by no means even touched the rim. Each and every time, Garza retreated downcourt and held up his taking pictures hand, as though to mention: I am unstoppable at this time.
He used to be.
At one level, Garza scored 21 immediately Hawkeye issues. He used to be a one-man wrecking staff.
Garza scored 34 issues in best 17 mins prior to heading to the bench for just right after serving to the Hawkeyes construct a 25-point lead. It used to be the fourth time in 5 video games this season he is eclipsed 30 issues.
However by no means has it took place with such suddenness, and such drive. Garza gave the impression to take the struggle proper out of the Cyclones (1-2) to assist the Hawkeyes win a 3rd consecutive recreation on this competition.
Here is what we discovered:
JOE TOUSSAINT PROVIDES A SPARK: The sophomore backup level guard ended up with seven assists and helped the Hawkeyes drive two second-half shot-clock violations in his maximum prolonged enjoying time of the season. Starter Jordan Bohannon struggled along with his Three-point taking pictures, so Toussaint used to be the very best resolution. He scored 4 issues however extra importantly introduced an depth to the lawsuits that Iowa wanted.
EARLY LULL FOR IOWA: The Hawkeyes ran out to a Nine-2 lead within the opening two mins of play, prompting a timeout through Iowa State trainer Steve Prohm. Iowa gave the impression to be too glad with that speedy get started, alternatively, and the Cyclones temporarily turned into the aggressors, making 5 consecutive photographs to tug inside two issues. On the first media timeout, Iowa trainer Fran McCaffery benched his peak 3 gamers, Garza, Joe Wieskamp and Jordan Bohannon. Issues didn’t flip round right away, however Iowa maintained its lead and used to be getting productive mins from Toussaint, till he used to be known as for a moment foul and despatched to the bench. It used to be a wanted lesson for the Hawkeyes to not relinquish their depth, even if heavy favorites and with an early lead. Iowa State is a proud crew and made Iowa pay, a minimum of for a couple of mins.
GETTING BY WITHOUT GARZA: For the primary time this season, the Hawkeyes skilled a primary 1/2 with Garza planted at the bench with two fouls. It has lengthy been a Fran McCaffery trust that a participant should be secure from getting 3 fouls through halftime, even if it’s his superstar. Garza were given his moment with just about 11 mins left with the Hawkeyes main through 8 issues. Even after the Cyclones rallied to take a temporary lead, McCaffery caught along with his technique, the use of Jack Nunge or even freshman Keegan Murray on the middle spot. All of it grew to become out OK when Nunge produced 15 issues and 8 rebounds and Iowa went on a past due 12-Zero run to steer 52-41 at intermission.
A MAJOR GULF: Iowa State knew it had a large number of retooling to do that season with 4 beginners and 7 new gamers within the lineup, and that used to be obvious in a loss to South Dakota State final week. This loss to the Hawkeyes, regardless that, confirmed the gulf between Iowa State and the rustic’s absolute best.
Which is an issue given the Cyclones play within the Large 12, which is filled with top-25 groups and attainable All-American citizens.
It’s early, Iowa State used to be coming off a protracted layoff and those Hawkeyes are gifted and skilled, however the second-half beatdown will have to function a caution for the Cyclones of ways some distance they have got to move – and move temporarily with league play beginning subsequent week – in the event that they need to a minimum of be aggressive within the Large 12.
Iowa subsequent hosts Northern Illinois on Sunday.
Iowa State starts Large 12 Convention play through web hosting Kansas State on Tuesday.