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No. 20 Iowa routs Alabama State 105-78

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa freshman Joe Wieskamp had something to prove after back-to-back bad showings.

The Hawkeyes' newest star was brilliant on Wednesday night, a display that showed why he earned the starting spot he's had since the opener.

Luka Garza scored 22 points, Wieskamp had a career-high 20 and 20th-ranked Iowa rolled Alabama State 105-78 on Wednesday night in its home debut as a ranked team.

Tyler Cook scored 16 points and Isaiah Moss added 15 for the Hawkeyes (5-0), who dismissed any notion of a letdown with 68 first-half points - their most under ninth-year coach Fran McCaffery.

''That's a sign of maturity. I didn't think we would come out, in any way, shape or form, and not be ready to play this game,'' McCaffery said of his team's fast start. ''We took care of it.''

Iowa, which vaulted into the Top 25 on Monday after beating then-No. 13 Oregon and blowing out UConn in New York last week, scored the game's first 12 points on its way to the rout.

Wieskamp, the reigning prep player of the year in Iowa, broke his previous career high of 15 points midway through the first half in helping the Hawkeyes stake out a 30-11 lead - after combining for just five points against the Ducks and Huskies.

''He was really aggressive, and that's what we want him to be,'' McCaffery said of Wieskamp, perhaps his highest-ranked recruit. ''He puts it on the deck, he shoots the 3, he's aggressive on the glass. Incredibly versatile.''

The Hawkeyes pulled Wieskamp and the rest of the starters with 14 minutes to go, content to cruise to their fifth straight win.

''Right after we got back I was in the gym working. It bothered me a bit to struggle, but I thought I did good things defensively to help our team win,'' Wieskamp said. ''I know what I'm capable offensively.''

Reginald Gee had 16 points to lead Alabama State (2-3).

THE BIG PICTURE:

Iowa: It's been five games and Iowa continues to look like a brand-new team despite returning nearly everyone from last year's 14-19 debacle of a season. The Hawks' flow is better on both ends of the floor, and Garza continues his quiet push toward becoming one of the nation's best big men.

Alabama State: The Hornets won't play another home game until January 5. It looks like it'll be a long five weeks.

THE NUMBERS

Garza and Wieskamp combined to make 14 of 15 shots, with Garza shooting 8 for 8. ...Iowa didn't need much from Jordan Bohannon. The junior, who entered play averaging 12 points a game, didn't score. ...Walk-on Austin Ash got the crowd going by draining a late 3 for his first career bucket. ... Connor McCaffery had nine points and seven assists in just 13 minutes.

THE RANKINGS

This is the earliest Iowa has been ranked in a season since Nov. 14, 2005. That team, coached by Steve Alford, won the Big Ten tournament before being stunned by 14th-seeded Northwestern State in the opening round of the NCAAs. ...The last time the Hawkeyes were ranked was in the final poll of 2016. They were 25th.

UP NEXT

Iowa hosts Pittsburgh in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 27.

Alabama State plays at Akron on Nov. 28.

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Key Players
B. Johnson
24 F
T. Cook
25 F
29.8 Min. Per Game 29.8
16.0 Pts. Per Game 16.0
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
8.0 Reb. Per Game 8.0
44.4 Field Goal % 58.7
Three Point % 0.0
0.0 Free Throw % 72.2
+ 2 Reginald Gee made dunk 17.0
  Offensive rebound by Reginald Gee 23.0
  Austin Rogers missed floating jump shot 25.0
  Defensive rebound by Gene Davis 41.0
  Michael Baer missed driving layup 43.0
+ 3 Jacoby Ross made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Austin Rogers 1:01
+ 1 Michael Baer made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:20
  Michael Baer missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:20
  Shooting foul on Fausto Pichardo 1:20
+ 3 Jacoby Ross made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Reginald Gee 1:42
+ 2 Michael Baer made driving layup 1:49
Team Stats
Points 78 105
Field Goals 33-73 (45.2%) 36-61 (59.0%)
3-Pointers 10-29 (34.5%) 9-23 (39.1%)
Free Throws 2-8 (25.0%) 24-29 (82.8%)
Total Rebounds 40 30
Offensive 16 4
Defensive 21 25
Team 3 1
Assists 19 20
Steals 3 8
Blocks 1 5
Turnovers 18 8
Fouls 19 13
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
22 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Alabama State 2-3 374178
home team logo 20 Iowa 5-0 6837105
Team Stats
away team logo Alabama State 2-3 67.3 PPG 39.4 RPG 10.1 APG
home team logo 20 Iowa 5-0 78.3 PPG 38.5 RPG 15.7 APG
Key Players
12
R. Gee G 13.0 PPG 4.2 RPG 1.1 APG 39.2 FG%
55
L. Garza F 13.1 PPG 4.5 RPG 0.9 APG 53.1 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Gee G 16 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
L. Garza F 22 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
45.2 FG% 59.0
34.5 3PT FG% 39.1
25.0 FT% 82.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Gee 16 3 2 6/12 4/7 0/0 2 29 0 0 1 1 2
J. Ross 14 1 5 5/10 4/7 0/0 1 24 1 0 4 0 1
F. Pichardo 12 13 0 5/9 0/0 2/5 5 17 1 0 3 10 3
B. Johnson 6 6 0 3/5 0/0 0/2 2 23 0 0 2 1 5
A. Rogers 2 0 5 1/5 0/2 0/1 0 18 0 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Gee 16 3 2 6/12 4/7 0/0 2 29 0 0 1 1 2
J. Ross 14 1 5 5/10 4/7 0/0 1 24 1 0 4 0 1
F. Pichardo 12 13 0 5/9 0/0 2/5 5 17 1 0 3 10 3
B. Johnson 6 6 0 3/5 0/0 0/2 2 23 0 0 2 1 5
A. Rogers 2 0 5 1/5 0/2 0/1 0 18 0 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Jones 12 2 1 6/11 0/2 0/0 4 22 0 0 1 0 2
A. Farrar 5 3 0 2/4 1/3 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 1 2
T. Ewuosho 4 5 1 2/8 0/3 0/0 0 22 1 1 1 2 3
L. Freeman-Daniels 3 2 1 1/6 1/4 0/0 0 13 0 0 2 1 1
G. Davis 2 2 4 1/2 0/1 0/0 4 16 0 0 2 0 2
K. Holston 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0
T. Gosier II 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0
A. Seay - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Hodge - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sellars - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Daniels - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 78 37 19 33/73 10/29 2/8 19 198 3 1 18 16 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Garza 22 4 1 8/8 1/1 5/6 2 21 2 2 1 2 2
J. Wieskamp 20 5 3 6/7 2/3 6/7 2 20 1 0 0 1 4
T. Cook 16 2 3 6/11 0/2 4/4 0 21 0 0 3 0 2
I. Moss 15 2 0 6/9 3/4 0/0 0 19 2 0 0 0 2
J. Bohannon 0 2 3 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 19 0 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Garza 22 4 1 8/8 1/1 5/6 2 21 2 2 1 2 2
J. Wieskamp 20 5 3 6/7 2/3 6/7 2 20 1 0 0 1 4
T. Cook 16 2 3 6/11 0/2 4/4 0 21 0 0 3 0 2
I. Moss 15 2 0 6/9 3/4 0/0 0 19 2 0 0 0 2
J. Bohannon 0 2 3 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 19 0 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. McCaffery 9 1 7 3/4 0/0 3/4 2 22 1 0 2 0 1
M. Dailey 8 3 1 2/5 1/4 3/3 0 21 0 0 0 0 3
R. Kriener 8 3 1 3/4 1/1 1/1 2 16 1 2 0 1 2
A. Ash 3 1 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 1
M. Baer 3 1 0 1/2 0/0 1/2 1 3 0 0 0 0 1
R. Till 1 2 0 0/3 0/2 1/2 3 16 0 0 1 0 2
N. Baer 0 3 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 11 1 1 0 0 3
N. Hobbs 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
C. Pemsl - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Nunge - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Fredrick - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 105 29 20 36/61 9/23 24/29 13 199 8 5 8 4 25