Luka Garza moves to the top of the Iowa men’s basketball scoring table in victory over Penn State

No one better to be No. 1 in Iowa than No. 55, Luka Garza

IOWA CITY – Luka Garza was nervous for a moment with a record on Sunday in the Carver-Hawkeye Arena and it showed

He sat through the first media break of the second half, knowing he would go to the free throw line for two shots, and if he could do both he would overtake Roy Marble as the school’s top scorer

“I’ve never taken a free throw in my life,” Garza later said. “It was a miracle the first went in. None of them felt good. I’ve thought a little too much about them”

He missed another free throw with 10:11 and stayed with 2116 points associated with Marble while its Iowa men’s basketball team was associated with 54 with Penn State

8:18 minutes ahead, Garza broke the mark in perhaps the most appropriate way, on a basket in the low post on a feed from Jordan Bohannon, like so many they’ve brought together over the past four seasons that broke the tie / p>

Speaking of appropriate, Garza then went on to do one of his patented individual championship runs, scooping 10 straight Hawkeyes points opening a 64-56 lead, and the Nittany Lions never caught her

No 11 Iowa won for the fourth time in a row 74-68 and improved in the Big Ten 17-6 to 11-5. Garza had a game high of 23 points and is 2226, more will follow

“In the second half we did a really, really good job of defending and stopping it and that’s what wins the game””

The win was the thing, he said it wouldn’t have felt like this without that. It felt really good to get a win and continue that winning streak and have that (record) as a special bonus in the end ”

A video of almost five minutes greeting Garza was broadcast on the arena’s big screens after the competition Several former Hawkeye stars including Reggie Evans, Aaron White, Tyler Cook and Greg Stokes congratulated

The public address announcer noted Garza’s record of 566 people in the stands during a break shortly after, and the player got a few pats on the group’s back, but he seemed to want to downplay it and focus on the game. p>

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With reason, by the way, before that, Penn State had cut a 19-6 deficit to get a 41-36 lead at halftime in a game that was much tougher and less comfortable for the Hawkeyes than the previous three games All victories won at least 13 points

Joe Wieskamp, ​​who was goalless in the first half with four turnovers, scored Iowa’s first nine points in the second half. After it was 54-54, the Hawkeyes held Penn State for six minutes without a point and 355 percent shoot in Game

“Defensively, I thought this was about as good as we can play,” said Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. “We really got on with the ball, we were connected, we recovered”

Iowa had a 46-35 advantage on rebounds. Garza and Wieskamp each had 11 guard. CJ Fredrick had 18 points

“CJ played great today and really helped us,” said Garza, who has done so many times himself

“I just want to be remembered as the guy who loved the game of basketball, played as hard as possible, and worked as hard as possible, and was a great teammate and someone who tried to be a really good leader”

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