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College Basketball: Iowa beats Grand Canyon in NCAA Tournament First Round, 86-74


This news story was published on March 20, 2021.
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INDIANAPOLIS – Iowa beat Grand Canyon in the NCAA Tournament First Round, 86-74, Saturday.

Iowa has won an NCAA Tournament game each of its last four tournament appearances. Iowa is now 12-0 all-time against current members of the Western Athletic Conference. Tonight marked Iowa’s first game against Grand Canyon. The 86 points scored by Iowa are the most for the Hawkeyes in an NCAA Tournament game since scoring 98 versus Texas in first round in 1992.

The Hawkeyes have won nine of their last 11 games, dating back to Feb. 10.
Luka Garza moves into seventh place all-time in Big Ten Conference scoring with 2,270 points.

Luka Garza scored a game-best 24 points. He has scored 20+ points for an NCAA-best 21st time this season.

Keegan Murray totaled 13 points, seven rebounds, four blocked shots, three assists and one steal. No Hawkeye has posted that stat line in any NCAA Tournament game.

Jordan Bohannon (1,638) surpassed Matt Gatens (1,635) for ninth in Iowa career scoring.

Joe Wieskamp ended the game with 16+ pts, 8+ rebounds and 5+ assists. The only other Hawkeye to post those numbers in an NCAA Tournament game is James Moses versus Texas in the 1992 Round of 64.

Iowa will face No. 7 seed Oregon in the second round Monday morning.

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