PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Luka Garza scored 25 points and No. 10 Iowa held on for a 77-75 victory over No. 14 Rutgers at the Rutgers Athletic Center on Saturday. Garza scored 15 of his total points in the second half on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field.
Close Battle Between Iowa and Rutgers
The teams were tied at 35-all at the break and were locked again at 68-68 with 2:39 left in the game.
Geo Baker then gave Rutgers a 75-74 lead with 36 seconds remaining before Keegan Murray made a pair of free throws to put the Hawkeyes (9-2, 3-1 Big Ten) back in front. Joe Wieskamp then made 1 of 2 attempts from the charity line with 0:04 seconds to play to close out the contest for the visitors.
Murray finished with 14 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and three steals and Jordan Bohannon scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting with three 3-pointers for Iowa, which made 18 of its 23 attempts from the free-throw line.
Jacob Young had 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting with four assists and three steals for Rutgers, which had three players scoring 13 points.
Myles Johnson ended with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, Montez Mathis had 13 points, five assists and five rebounds and Geo Baker contributed 13 points, five assists, and four rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (7-2, 3-2), who shot 43.7% from the field on 31-of-71 shooting.
Wieskamp and Jack Nunge combined to grab 14 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who edged Rutgers 40-39 on the glass and outscored the home side 24-6 in bench points.
Iowa’s junior guard Connor McCaffery picked up an ankle injury and left the game after three minutes. He did not return to open play, although he came in with 4 seconds left to make an inbound pass.
Iowa visits Maryland on Thursday.
Rutgers head to No. 17 Michigan State on Tuesday.