IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa tied a school record for assists and closed out non-conference basketball play with a 98-75 victory against Northern Illinois on Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes (9-6) have won five consecutive games since losing at rival Iowa State. The Huskies fall to 7-6.
HUGE finish for @_mdailey15, and he paid for it on the way down.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 30, 2017
WHY: Iowa tied a school record with 34 assists. Making that statistic even more impressive, Iowa dished those assists on 36 baskets. That’s maybe as eye-popping a number that you’ll find all season in basketball. Point guard Jordan Bohannon had 7 assists and no turnovers. It was the fifth time this season Bohannon had at least 5 assists. Isaiah Moss added 5 assists and three other players picked up 4 assists. Iowa gave up only 8 turnovers.
Iowa shot 58.1 percent from the field and connected on 12 of 26 3-pointers.
WHAT IT MEANS: The five consecutive wins are vital for a talented team that lacked confidence and consistency early. Granted, the schedule has helped Iowa pick up those victories, but the team needed to play well, and it has. Also, the efficiency with which Iowa played Friday shows the Hawkeyes are making strides and sharing the ball on offense.
WHO STARRED: Iowa freshman center Luka Garza led all scorers with 25 points on 8-of-8 shooting. Garza also sank three 3-pointers. It’s the second time this season Garza was perfect from the field. Sophomore forward Tyler Cook added 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Cook scored 9 points during the game’s first three minutes. Moss scored 11 points and hit three 3-pointers.
WHO STUMBLED: Nobody really struggled for the Hawkeyes. One more assist and one more basket would have made the night that much more memorable.
WHO IS NEXT: The Hawkeyes (9-6 overall, 0-2 Big Ten) return to Big Ten play at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT on Tuesday against Michigan (11-3, 1-1) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. On Jan. 4, Iowa plays host to Ohio State at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m.
— Hawkeyes Mic (@HawkeyesMic) December 30, 2017