NBA prospect Luka Garza grabbed a 35 point double-double to lead the No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes to a 99-58 blowout win over Western Illinois from the Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday night.
Garza, who lead his team in scoring and rebounds this season dominated in both columns again Thursday night, as he recorded his second double-double from three games in the young season.
The senior center from Washington, DC, shot 13 of 21 from the field for his 35 points, while pulling down 10 rebounds and blocked two shots for the Hawkeyes (3-0), who have won three straight.
Jack Nunge scored 18 points on 8 of 11 shooting from the field to go with five rebounds, while Joe Wieskamp ended with 11 rebounds and five boards and Patrick McCaffery finished with 10 points and six boards for Iowa.
Tamell Pearson scored 12 points and collected six rebounds and Rod Johnson recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead Western Illinois (0-1), which fell to a defeat in its season opener.
Will Carius scored 10 points in the defeat for the Leathernecks, who shot 30.0% (24 of 80) from the field and made just 6 of their 31 attempts from 3-point range for 19.4%.
Iowa, as a team, shot 47.1% on 33 of 70 shooting from the floor, while going 34.8% from long-range in the victory.
The Hawkeyes led 48-26 at halftime and then outscored Western Illinois 51-32 in the second half to cruise to the comfortable victory.
Iowa will next face No. 14 North Carolina on Tuesday, Dec 8, at 7:30 PM, live on ESPN.
The Leathernecks are next in action on Sunday against Central Michigan.