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Hawkeyes Pick Up Rare Big Ten Road Win at Northwestern

January 14, 2020

Written by Rob Howe

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Iowa received a boost Tuesday when starting guard C.J. Fredrick returned after missing two and a half games with a stress reaction in his foot. The Hawkeyes saw what they’d been missing right away with the freshman knocking down three treys in the first half.

The Hawkeyes built on the quick start in a 75-62 victory at Northwestern. It represented just the sixth win in 44 games teams have played on the road in the Big Ten this season.

Fredrick’s comeback proved timely. It came on a night when star center Luka Garza, the only high-major player in the country averaging a double-double, battled foul trouble. Second-leading scorer Joe Wieskamp (11 points on 2 of 8 shooting from the floor) also experienced an off night.

“He gives you, obviously, another three-point shooter, but it’s so much more than that,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “He’s just a guy that understands what we want; processes the game plan. He’s a baller.”

Garza still scored 27 points and three rebounds in 24 minutes, but Iowa (12-5 overall, 3-3 Big Ten) maintained a lead with him on the bench. Fredrick (11 points, three three-pointers, five assists) and the role players picked up the slack.

Reserve center Ryan Kriener chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes, making all four of five field goal attempts. Bakari Evelyn added eight points, four rebounds and seven assists without a turnover. Connor McCaffery also scored eight, pulled down seven rebounds handed out three assists.

Leading 49-44 with 13 minutes, 18 seconds left in the second half, Iowa used a 9-2 run to take control of the game. Garza scored the final four points in that spurt.

The Hawkeyes mixed zone and man-to-man defenses effectively, holding Northwestern to 36.2 percent shooting from the floor. They handed out 24 assists on 26 field goals.

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“I really think our ball movement tonight was especially good,” Fran McCaffery said. “We moved without it. We moved side to side. We went in and out. Our guys were shot ready. And we took open shots.”

The Hawkeyes led 41-35 at halftime despite being out-rebounded, 22-11, including 11-0 on the offensive glass. They overcame that by shooting 8 of 15 on threes and handing out 13 assists against just one turnover before the break.

Garza netted his team’s first 10 points but then was held scoreless the rest of the first half. He pulled down only one rebound prior to the intermission and sat the final four minutes after picking up his second foul.

With Wieskamp held to four points in the opening 20 minutes, and Garza in foul trouble, Iowa needed other players’ contributions. It received it from Fredick and Evelyn, who combined for 17 points aided by 5 of 8 shooting on three-pointers in the first half.

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“He looked like he didn’t miss a beat to me,” Fran McCaffery said of Fredrick.

The Hawkeyes play their next three games at home. The first his Friday’s meeting with No. 19 Michigan.

TIP-INS

-Tuesday was Iowa’s third true road win of the season and fifth win away from Iowa City, tying Michigan State for the most in the Big Ten.

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-The Hawkeyes won six of their last eight contests, dating back to Dec. 9.

-Iowa won its fourth straight game over Northwestern. Tuesday was the only regular season meeting between Iowa and Northwestern.

-Garza’s 27 points led all scorers. He scored 14 straight points in the second half.

-Iowa made 10 3-pointers Tuesday, marking the seventh game this season that the Hawkeyes drained 10 or more treys.

-Reserve forward Cordell Pemsl provided a productive 15 minutes, when he handed out four assists, pulled down two boards and blocked a shot.

“I thought Pemsl was great,” Fran McCaffery said.

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