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College Basketball: Iowa back to its winning ways in defeating Rutgers, 93-82; Murray scores 24

IOWA CITY - The Iowa Hawkeyes completed the regular season sweep over Rutgers in winning today in Carver-Hawkeye Arena over the Scarlet Knights, 93-82.
All-America candidate Kris Murray led Iowa with 24 points in victory Sunday. (NIT photo)

IOWA CITY – The Iowa Hawkeyes completed the regular season sweep over Rutgers in winning today in Carver-Hawkeye Arena over the Scarlet Knights, 93-82.

Rutgers’ two highest point totals allowed this season are both to the Hawkeyes (93 today; 76 on Jan. 8 as Iowa beat Rutgers, 75-65.).

Iowa has won six of the last seven overall contests against Rutgers, dating back to 2020. Iowa improved to 5-1 all-time against Rutgers in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes won their 10th home game of the season (10-2).

Junior Ahron Ulis scored 16 points (12 in the first half), reaching double figures for the third straight game (17 at Michigan State; 12 at Ohio State). Ulis has made a 3-pointer in a career-best six straight contests.

Payton Sandfort had seven points and matched a personal high with eight rebounds.

All-America candidate Kris Murray led Iowa with 24 points, reaching 20+ points a team-best eighth time this season.

Connor McCaffery totaled 11 points and a team-high six assists. McCaffery amassed 14 combined assists in two games against the Scarlet Knights this season.

The Hawkeyes equaled a season high with 12 3-pointers made (eight in the first half). Seven different Hawkeyes made a triple. Iowa improved to 8-1 when making nine or more 3-pointers in a game this season.

Iowa forced 18 turnovers, Rutgers’ second highest in a game this season (19 at Miami).

Iowa improved to 11-1 when leading at the half.

Rutgers made more shots than Iowa – 33 to 26 – but Iowa made more free throws – 29 to 10.

After missing the last six games (anxiety), junior Patrick McCaffery returned to game action today. He totaled nine points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal, and a block.

Iowa (13-8, 5-5) will play Northwestern (15-5, 6-3) on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Tickets are available for purchase at hawkeyesports.com/tickets.

(Main Photo: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, NIT photo.)

Kris Murray shoots a free throw versus Rutgers on January 29, 2023 (NIT Photo)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena Iowa City (NIT Photo)

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