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College Basketball: Iowa annihilates Northern Illinois, 106-53

This news story was published on December 14, 2020.
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IOWA CITY – Iowa defeated Northern Illinois, 106-53, Sunday in a non-conference home game.

Fran McCaffery, who is Iowa’s second all-time winningest coach, notched win No. 200 as Iowa’s head coach today.

Iowa, who leads the country in scoring, scored a season-high 106 points. The Hawkeyes have topped the century mark in three of six games. Iowa has opened its season with 93+ points in each of its first six games for the first time in program history.

Iowa won by 53 points, tying the 18th largest margin of victory in program history.

Iowa sank 12 3-pointers in the game, marking the fifth time in six contests that the Hawkeyes have made 10+ triples.

Joe Wieskamp and Luka Garza combined for 43 points. Wieskamp netted a season-high 20 points in 19 minutes, while Garza registered 23 points in 20 minutes. Garza has topped 20 points in five of six games this season.

Luka Garza made 80 percent (8-of-10) of his field goals today. The All-American has shot 75 percent or better from the field in four of six games this season.

Iowa has scored 50+ points in the first half in three of its six games, including the last two.

Iowa has won all nine meetings against Northern Illinois, including an 8-0 record in games played in Iowa City.

Iowa has won 19 of its last 20 games inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, dating back to last season.

Iowa returns to action on Saturday against top-ranked Gonzaga (3-0). Tipoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. (CT) at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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