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College Basketball: Iowa beats Portland State, 85-51; moves to 6-0 on season

IOWA CITY – Iowa beat Portland State, 85-51, to move to 6-0 on the young season.

Keegan Murray, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, led the team in scoring for the sixth straight game to start the season. The Big Ten’s leading scorer totaled 23 points, to go along with nine rebounds, two steals and a block.

After missing the previous two games with a lower body injury, Patrick McCaffery returned to action tonight scoring 14 points.

Tony Perkins netted 10 points, reaching double figures for the third time in four games.

Connor McCaffery dished out a game and season-high seven assists.

The Murray twins combined for 26 of Iowa’s 31 first-half points. Keegan netted 21 points, while Kris had five points in the first half.

Iowa has won 76 of its last 81 nonconference home games, dating back to 2012.

Iowa improved to 87-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points over the last 12 seasons.

The Hawkeyes had a 10-0 scoring run in the second half. Iowa has had scoring runs of 10-0 or more a combined nine times in six games.

Tonight was the first meeting between the two teams.

Iowa (6-0) will play at Virginia (5-2) in the Big Ten/ACC Men’s Basketball Challenge on Monday. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:01 p.m. (CT) at Jon Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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