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College Basketball: Iowa drops tough road game to highly-ranked Michigan, 103-91

ANN ARBOR, MI – Luka Garza’s monster game was not enough to propel Iowa versus a stout Michigan squad Friday night, as Iowa lost a hard-fought road game 103-91.

Iowa (6-3) played Michigan (8-1) tough in the opening minutes of the game, but it soon became apparent that the Wolverine sharpshooters were too open and too good, knocking down (10-24) three-point shots and shooting 55% for the game.  Iowa made only 3 3-pointers.  Michigan made 11 more free-throws than Iowa, also.

Junior Luka Garza became the 49th Hawkeye to score No. 1,000 points, reaching the 1,000-point threshold after netting a career-high 44 points at Michigan Friday night. Garza’s 44 points are the most in a single-game by an Iowa big man, third most in a single-game in program history, and are the most scored by a Hawkeye in a single-game since guard John Johnson poured in a school-record 49 points against Northwestern on Feb. 24, 1970.

Luka Garza’s 44 points are the most scored by a visiting player in Crisler Center history, besting Ohio State’s Dennis Hopson’s 39 points on Jan. 8, 1987. The 44-point outburst is the second highest scoring output by any player in Crisler Center history (48 by Rudy Tomjanovich vs. Indiana on Jan. 7, 1969).

Luka Garza made 17 field goals, tying Bruce King (vs. Michigan on Jan. 31, 1976) for third most in a single-game in Iowa history. Garza’s 32 attempts tie three others (Fred Brown, Murray Wier and Charles Darling) for fourth most in Iowa history.

Luka Garza’s 27 first-half points are the most by a Hawkeye in a half since Jarrod Uthoff had 30 at Iowa State (Dec. 10, 2015).

Connor McCaffery netted 12 points, scoring in double figures for the second time in three games.

Iowa’s three losses have come to teams with a combined record of 26-1 (DePaul, San Diego State, Michigan).

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