Game Report: Iowa Bounces Back Against Oral Roberts

November 15, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – Monday night, DePaul defeated Iowa in part by employing an effective double team against Hawkeye center Luka Garza. Five days later, he made Oral Roberts pay for trying the same tactic.

The junior from Washington, D.C. netted a career-high 30 points, abusing the Golden Eagles throughout the evening in a 87-74 victory. When they doubled down on him, he beat it or moved the ball. When the double arrived late, he powered to the basket. He even stepped out and knocked down 2 of 4 three-point attempts.

Garza took what he learned from DePaul’s approach and successfully put it into practice. That was a good sign. He added 10 rebounds for his second double-double in three games.

“He is one of those guys who has been getting doubled his whole life. He typically goes quickly, we’ve got to maybe do a little better job of hitting cutters, getting it to the weak side, re-post. But he is so crafty and quick with those moves a lot of times he can get there before the double team does,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.

Redshirt sophomore Jack Nunge supported Garza on the interior. The power forward from Indiana shook off a rough outing against DePaul, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. It was his first career double-double.

Nunge met with head coach Fran McCaffery after Monday’s game. They talked about Nunge calming down and playing within himself, and he did that on Friday. He also knocked down two three-pointers, including his first attempt.

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-Point guard Connor McCaffery excelled in running the Iowa offense. He dished out seven assists against just one turnover. He also scored 10 points and grabbed three rebounds in 27 minutes.

-Joe Wieskamp played a complementary role Friday and still ended up with 11 points, three assists and six rebounds.

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-Jordan Bohannon hit double figures in scoring for the first time this year, netting 11. He dropped in three of seven three-point tries to go with two assists without a turnover. He’s looked stronger each game this season, Friday showing more quickness and stamina.

-Like Wieskamp, CJ Fredrick blended in and contributed. He scored six points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out three assists.

-Freshman forward Patrick McCaffery, Fran’s son and Connor’s brother, sat on the bench Friday in street clothes. Fran indicated after the game that Patrick is suffering from residual effects related to the cancer he overcame when he was in eighth grade. He was found to still be cancer free and the illness wasn’t deemed life threatening.

“There are a lot of changes in his body that we are working through,” Fran said.

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Patrick is being treated by doctors. Fran said they’re taking the situation day by day and it’s too early to think about his son red shirting.

-The Hawkeyes led for 39 minutes Friday. Their largest lead was 21 points, which came four minutes into the second half.

-Fran McCaffery became upset with the shot selection of freshman point guard Joe Toussaint in the second half. He pulled the New York City product out of the game and did not reinsert him. He saw just 6 minutes.

-Iowa shot just 15 of 26 (57.7 percent) from the foul line. Garza was 4 of 8 on free throws.

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