IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Luka Garza started the season with a double-double and Iowa pulled away in the second half for an 87-60 win over SIU-Edwardsville on Friday night.
Garza, Iowa’s leading returning scorer from a team that reached the second round of the NCAA tournament last season, had 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Hawkeyes won their season opener.
It was the sixth double-double of Garza’s career.
Joe Wieskamp had 16 points for the Hawkeyes.
Iowa struggled early, with SIUE getting to within 26-22 late in the first half. But the Hawkeyes went on a 12-4 run, started by a 3-pointer from senior guard Jordan Bohannon, to close the half then opened the second half with a 17-8 run over the first six minutes.
Kenyon Duling and Cam Williams each had 10 points for SIUE (1-1).