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Game Report: Hawkeyes Overwhelm Cal Poly Behind Fredrick, Garza

November 24, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – It took longer than it wanted Sunday, but eventually Iowa put together the decisive run. It led to a 85-59 victory against Cal Poly here at Carver-Hawkeye Arena after being ahead by nine with 13 minutes to play.

Redshirt freshman CJ Fredick bested his previous career-best of 16 points with 21 Sunday, shooting 7 of 8 from the floor, including 5 of 5 on three-pointers. He added five assists without a turnover.

“CJ plays both ends. He defends. He makes plays for other people. He makes shots. That’s who he is. He is a complete player. So as impressed as I am with him, I’m not surprised. That’s what I expected. That’s what he expects from himself. He is a really good player,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.

Junior center Luka Garza added 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for the winners, falling just short of his fourth double-double in five games. Connor McCaffery handed out a game-high seven assists with two turnovers to go with six points and three steals.

The Hawkeyes improved to 4-1 on the season, winning for the third time in a row. They played their last final game until Dec. 9 when they welcome Minnesota to town.

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-The Hawkeyes received some potentially bad news. Starting forward Jack Nunge collapsed to the floor during Sunday’s first half and did not return. Fran McCaffery said the redshirt sophomore from Indiana would undergo an MRI on his knee Monday.

If Nunge misses time, Cordell Pemsl and Ryan Kriener would likely see their minutes bumped up. That duo was a combined 6 of 8 from the floor Sunday for 17 points and seven rebounds.

Nunge played 12 minutes Sunday, scoring three points, grabbing five rebounds and handing out two assists.

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-Senior guard Jordan Bohannon sat out Sunday with what the team called soreness from his May hip surgery. The Marion product had played in the team’s first four games.

“Jordan was pretty sore. We’ll see how the week goes,” McCaffery said.

Bohannon is still weighing the possibility of red shirting this season if his hip continues nagging him. He can compete in up to 10 games during the first half of the season and be able to do so.

Fran McCaffery indicated that they were not saving Bohannon for tougher competition before he makes his decision. The coach said they would prepare the sharp-shooter for Thursday’s game against No. 12 Texas Tech in Las Vegas and see how his hip reacts.

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-Freshman point guard Joe Toussaint struggled with his shot Sunday, missing eight of nine field goal attempts. Coach McCaffery was OK with the shot selection after telling the newcomer to drive instead of settling for jump shots with his team in the bonus.

-Graduate transfer Bakari Evelyn provided Iowa with decent minutes off the bench. He connected on both of his shots from the floor. He did turn the ball over three times without an assist and missed his lone free throw.

-Joe Wieskamp experienced another quiet night in relation to his talent. The sophomore from Muscatine shot 3 of 7 from the floor, including 1 of 3 from behind the arc. He finished with 10 points and five rebounds in 27 minutes.

-Pemsl’s 10 points were a season high. McCaffery has handed out seven assists in each of his last three games.

-Joining Iowa and Texas Tech in Las Vegas will be Creighton and San Diego State. The winners and losers will meat on Friday.

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