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Game Report: Hawkeyes Run By SIU-Edwardsville

November 8, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – Center Luka Garza dominated an undersized SIU-Edwardsville squad Friday night here at Carver-Hawkeye Arena leading Iowa to a 87-60, season-opening victory. The junior from Washington, D.C. recorded his sixth career double-double.

Garza connected on 7 of 13 shots from the floor, finishing with game highs in points (20) and rebounds (12). Joe Wieksmap added 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in the winning effort.

The Hawkeyes fed Garza early and often. The visitors were no match.

“We’re throwing him the ball. He’s going to make a play one way or the other. He gets to the free throw line. We can run our offense through him,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.

Garza drew nine fouls in the contest.

Here are some other notes and observations from Friday night:

-Jordan Bohannon looked much more fluid and quick Friday night than he did in Monday’s exhibition game. He played some point guard and knocked down his first three-point attempt. The senior logged 19:14 and said he felt good after the game.

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An SIEU defender knocked Bohannon to the floor on a drive. He stayed on the ground for a minute, but that was a tip he learned from former teammate Peter Jok, who told him to get extra rest when that happens.

“I stayed down a little long. People probably held their breathe a little bit. I’m sure my mom was gasping a little bit,” he said.

-I thought Joe Toussaint, Bakari Evelyn and Patrick McCaffery all appeared more relaxed and comfortable compared to the exhibition. Toussaint drained 2 of 3 three-point shots, and Evelyn splashed in one of his two attempts from behind the arc.

-Conversely, Jack Nunge and C.J. Fredrick performed a little more quietly Friday than they did on Monday. Fredrick did make 2 of his 3 field-goal tries and he handed out a game-high four assists.

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-After knocking down a triple in the exhibition game, Connor McCaffery canned 1 of his 2 attempts from deep on Friday. That was a good sign after he struggled with his shot a year ago.

-Wieskamp took a nasty spill when he was knocked to the floor while driving to the basket. He showed up for postgame interviews and said he was fine. He banged his elbow.

“It scared me a little bit just because how awkwardly I fell. But I told the guys to just get me up right away. I don’t want to lay down here,” he said.

-Iowa showed several different zone defenses including a matchup 3-2 that bothered SIUE.

-Eleven Hawkeyes scored on Friday.

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-The Hawkeyes led for 38:08 of Friday’s game.

-Iowa made 27 of 32 attempts from the foul line. SIUE was 4 of 4 on foul shots.

-Iowa has won 18 straight non-conference home games, dating back to the 2016-17 season.

-Iowa has now won nine consecutive season openers, dating back to the 2011-12 season.

-Iowa returns to action Monday, hosting DePaul in the Gavitt Games at 7 p.m. CT at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

HawkeyeNation.com’s Rob Howe has covered Iowa Hawkeye sports for 23 years and began working at HawkeyeNation.com in 2003. Please follow @RobHoweHN and @HawkeyeNationHQ on Twitter.

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