Iowa routs Southern Utah, 92-64
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Luka Garza scored 17 points, Tyler Cook and Isaiah Moss each added 16, and Iowa beat Southern Utah 92-64 on Tuesday night for its third straight victory.
Jack Nunge’s steal and pass to Moss for a breakaway dunk gave Iowa a 17-5 lead and the Hawkeyes extended it to 51-31 at halftime behind 10 points from Cook. The Hawkeyes shot 53 percent in the half and outrebounded SUU 27-13.
It was Iowa’s most first-half points since 52 in the season opener against Chicago State.
Nicholas Baer grabbed 10 rebounds as Iowa (7-6), which has seven double-digit wins this season, had a season-high 38 defensive boards. Jordan Bohannon had seven assists for the fourth time this season.
Jadon Cohee and Brandon Better each scored 12 points for Southern Utah (6-5), which entered winning four of its last five.
Southern Utah: The Thunderbirds had already secured a winning record heading into Big Sky Conference play, with their final non-conference matchup against the Hawkeyes. It was Southern Utah’s second trip into Big Ten territory this season after falling to then-No. 3 Michigan State 88-63 on Dec. 9.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes are 16-1 all-time against current members of the Big Sky after their first-ever meeting with Southern Utah. Iowa improved to 50-4 in nonconference home games since 2012.
Iowa reserve Ahmad Wagner rolled his right ankle on the baseline in the first half and Brady Ellingson stepped on a teammate’s foot in the lane. Neither played in the second half.
Southern Utah hosts Montana State on Dec. 28.
Iowa stays at home to face Colorado on Friday.