Iowa ended a four-game losing streak with a 91-60 win against Southern on Sunday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Freshman center Luka Garza scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Hawkeyes. Connor McCaffery saw his first action as an Iowa player after missing the first 10 games because of mono and an ankle injury. Forward Cordell Pemsl did not play after injuring his leg at Iowa State.
Isaiah Moss added 12 points and Jack Nunge chipped in with 11 for the Hawkeyes.
Iowa (5-6) next plays Drake at the Hy-Vee Classic in Des Moines at 1 p.m. Saturday. Southern falls to 2-8.
Iowa-Southern game updates
5:37 p.m. (2H, 8:00) — Iowa center Luka Garza comes out of the game to a standing ovation from fans. Garza has battled relentlessly on the glass and scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Iowa leads 79-49.
5:22 p.m. (2H, 13:53) — Iowa forward Tyler Cook hammered a dunk over the top of Southern’s Ali Mubasher and hollered out at Mubasher afterward to draw a technical foul. The Hawkeyes lead 61-43.
4:48 p.m. (Halftime) — Iowa leads Southern 41-31 at the half. Hawkeyes have hit nearly 43 percent from 3-point range. Freshman Luka Garza has scored 14 points. Brady Ellingson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer after an inbounds play.
4:26 p.m. (1H, 9:15) — Iowa sophomore forward Ryan Kriener left the game and went to the training room after suffering another head injury.
4:22 p.m. (1H, 11:08) — Iowa freshman Connor McCaffery sees his first action of the season. McCaffery initially planned to redshirt but opted to play when Christian Williams elected to transfer before the season. McCaffery then contracted mono and missed the first 10 games of the season.
4:05 p.m. (1H, 15:52) — Iowa guard Isaiah Moss hit Iowa’s first two shots on 3-pointers and Tyler Cook scored on a layup. The Hawkeyes led 8-6 at the first media timeout.
3:59 p.m. — Guard Connor McCaffery is dressed and is likely to play. Same with forward Ryan Kriener. Forward Cordell Pemsl, who injured his leg at Iowa State last week, is in street clothes and will not play.
3:50 p.m. — Iowa starts Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss, Nicholas Baer, Jack Nunge and Tyler Cook.
Iowa-Southern game time, details
Iowa and Southern play at 4 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
- Time: 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT tip-off
- Date: Sunday, Dec. 10
- Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City Iowa
How can I watch Iowa-Southern?
BTN will televise the contest. Jeff Levering will call the play-by-play and Stephen Bardo is the analyst.
How can I watch Iowa-Southern online?
BTN2G0 will provide live streaming of the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Southern on the radio?
In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Bob Hansen as the color analyst. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
How can I buy Iowa-Southern tickets?
Click here for ticket information from TicketCity.com.
The Hawkeyes desperately need a win. They have dropped four straight and six of the last seven. Southern couldn’t appear on the schedule at a better time.
The Jaguars entered the weekend ranked No. 331 nationally, according to KenPom. A victory over them won’t impress many folks, but Iowa isn’t in need of a statement game.
A win is what’s important.
That, and showing progress after rough two-week stretch. Iowa seeks good news.
The first came on Thursday. Forward Cordell Pemsl, who hit a chair, and Iowa State fans, trying for a loose ball on Thursday night, only suffered a laceration on his right shin. He is questionable for the game. The Hawkeyes feared he broke his leg when the injury happened.
Any additional improvement will pop up on the court. Iowa’s struggles are primarily tied into turnovers and defense.
The Hawkeyes committed 18 turnovers, leading to 28 Iowa State points, in an 84-78 loss on Thursday. This is a season-long trend in losses and is why it’s arguably the team’s most important issue to solve.
“Some of it is a little bit of lack of focus,” said Iowa forward Nicholas Baer on Thursday. “Obviously, we want to try to get the ball to our scorers, but I think another thing is people are pressuring us and we have to be strong with the ball and have to continue to make good decisions.”
At various times this season, on ball, perimeter, transition and 3-point defense became major issues. If the Hawkeyes are to show improvement on defense, they’ll need to forward Jared Sam in check. He leads Southern with 16.6 points per game scoring average.
Iowa did play better basketball at Iowa State. It wasn’t enough for a win. For a team struggling to get on track, a win matters. One is likely to be on tap Sunday evening.