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Garza scores 23, Iowa beats Syracuse 68-54

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse, we have a problem.

Luka Garza scored 23 points, Jordan Bohannon and Joe Wieskamp added 17 and 13, respectively, and Iowa pulled away in the second half to defeat Syracuse 68-54 on Tuesday night, the Orange's third straight loss.

Marek Dolezaj led the Orange with 12 points. Elijah Hughes, bottled up by Wieskamp, added a season-low 10 on 3-of-13 shooting.

Syracuse's 4-4 record represents the program's worst start in the 44-year tenure of coach Jim Boeheim and the worst start for a Syracuse team since the 1968-69 season when the Orange started 3-5.

''Obviously, our younger guys are not ready yet for top 25, top 30 teams,'' Boeheim said. ''We're not ready for that. We'll get better, but we're not ready for these games. We're trying to play our best offensive players and they're just not scoring enough.''

In addition to Hughes's woes, guards Buddy Boeheim and Joe Girard combined to shoot 4 of 18 and 1 of 9 from beyond the arc.

Syracuse is 0-4 this season against major conference teams and has lost to Virginia, Oklahoma State, Penn State and Iowa by an average of 15.6 points.

''It's obvious to me we could have played better, but those four teams are clearly better than we are. We have to get better,'' coach Boeheim said. ''We're not as good as the teams we play. There's a lot of bad out there and I'm not seeing much good.''

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was gracious in victory.

''They're a young club. I think they're going to come around,'' McCaffery said. ''I think they have some really good players. I think some of the guys coming off the bench will eventually develop.

''What I expect to see is, Jim's been doing this awhile, he'll get this thing straightened out. It just takes a little bit of time sometimes when you have young guys and you have guys in different roles.''

The game was tied at 33-all early in the second half before Iowa (6-2) went on a 23-5 run to take control. The Hawkeyes were just 11 for 32 in the first half and 5 of 18 from 3, but they got hot in the second, going 15 for 29 and committing just three turnovers after eight miscues in the first half.

Syracuse was 19 for 52 overall and just 6 of 21 from beyond the arc. The Orange were ice-cold in the second half, going 9 or 25 and 2 for 9 from 3.

UP TO THE CHALLENGE

Joe Wieskamp said he ''took on the challenge'' of defending Hughes ''the best I could,'' and he passed with flying colors.

GETTING HOT

Bohannon was cold from 3 in the first half, going just 1 for 8 from beyond the arc, but he heated up in the second, hitting 4 of 6.

SAY IT AIN'T SO, JOE

Syracuse's Joe Girard must be wondering if he left his shot back home in Glens Falls, New York. The freshman guard, the highest-scoring high school player in New York state history, is 5 for 23 in the last three games.

NO BUDDY

Buddy Boeheim, Girard's backcourt mate, isn't doing much better, going 9 for 37 in the same span.

IT'S NOT SAFE DOWNTOWN

For a team that was going to rely on shooting the 3, things have been ugly for the Orange. Syracuse is just 20 for 74 from downtown in the last three games.

BIG PICTURE

Iowa: The Hawkeyes' victory marked a good rebound effort after an 83-73 loss to San Diego State, particularly playing short-handed without starter and 3-point specialist C.J. Fredrick and Cordell Pemsl.

Syracuse: Things could get worse before they get better for the Orange with road games coming up against Georgia Tech and former Big East rival Georgetown. An NCAA Tournament bid may be nothing more than a pipe dream when January rolls around. The Orange offense remains a huge problem and they get next to nothing inside.

''Obviously, it doesn't get easier for them in terms of schedule, but I think you have a core nucleus of guys that can win at this level, and he'll get them to do that,'' McCaffery said of Boeheim.

UP NEXT

Iowa: It's a quick turnaround for the Hawkeyes, who have a tough road matchup Friday against No. 4 Michigan.

Syracuse: The Orange continue their tough five-game gauntlet Saturday at ACC foe Georgia Tech.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Shot clock violation turnover on Iowa 1.0
+ 2 Jesse Edwards made dunk, assist by Howard Washington 32.0
  Lost ball turnover on Ryan Kriener, stolen by Elijah Hughes 42.0
+ 2 Howard Washington made finger-roll layup 1:10
  Lost ball turnover on Jordan Bohannon, stolen by Howard Washington 1:13
  Defensive rebound by Joe Wieskamp 1:39
  Howard Washington missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:41
+ 2 Luka Garza made turnaround jump shot 1:53
+ 3 Howard Washington made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brycen Goodine 2:23
  Traveling violation turnover on Bakari Evelyn 2:44
  Defensive rebound by Connor McCaffery 3:12
Team Stats
Points 68 54
Field Goals 26-61 (42.6%) 19-52 (36.5%)
3-Pointers 11-34 (32.4%) 6-21 (28.6%)
Free Throws 5-8 (62.5%) 10-15 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 37 36
Offensive 11 8
Defensive 24 22
Team 2 6
Assists 17 13
Steals 10 6
Blocks 1 2
Turnovers 10 16
Fouls 15 13
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST
12 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Iowa 6-2 303868
home team logo Syracuse 4-4 292554
Team Stats
away team logo Iowa 6-2 79.6 PPG 40.1 RPG 17.9 APG
home team logo Syracuse 4-4 72.1 PPG 40 RPG 16.9 APG
Key Players
55
L. Garza C 22.5 PPG 9.8 RPG 0.9 APG 55.0 FG%
21
M. Dolezaj F 9.1 PPG 5.8 RPG 2.2 APG 58.7 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Garza C 23 PTS 9 REB 2 AST
M. Dolezaj F 12 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
42.6 FG% 36.5
32.4 3PT FG% 28.6
62.5 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Garza 23 9 2 9/15 1/1 4/5 1 36 1 0 2 4 5
J. Bohannon 17 1 1 6/15 5/14 0/0 3 37 1 0 1 1 0
J. Wieskamp 13 9 4 5/12 3/8 0/0 0 36 3 1 2 3 6
C. McCaffery 5 5 4 2/6 1/4 0/0 2 36 1 0 0 0 5
R. Kriener 2 5 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 3 14 1 0 2 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Garza 23 9 2 9/15 1/1 4/5 1 36 1 0 2 4 5
J. Bohannon 17 1 1 6/15 5/14 0/0 3 37 1 0 1 1 0
J. Wieskamp 13 9 4 5/12 3/8 0/0 0 36 3 1 2 3 6
C. McCaffery 5 5 4 2/6 1/4 0/0 2 36 1 0 0 0 5
R. Kriener 2 5 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 3 14 1 0 2 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Toussaint 5 2 2 2/7 0/4 1/2 3 13 2 0 1 0 2
B. Evelyn 3 1 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 1 18 1 0 2 0 1
R. Till 0 3 1 0/0 0/0 0/1 2 10 0 0 0 2 1
C. Pemsl - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Ash - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Nunge - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Fredrick - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Baer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Hobbs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. McCaffery - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Vanderloo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 35 17 26/61 11/34 5/8 15 200 10 1 10 11 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Dolezaj 12 4 2 4/6 1/1 3/4 3 29 1 0 3 1 3
E. Hughes 10 7 2 3/13 3/5 1/2 0 40 1 2 4 1 6
B. Sidibe 8 8 0 3/4 0/0 2/5 3 27 0 0 2 4 4
B. Boeheim 7 1 3 2/10 1/5 2/2 2 30 0 0 2 1 0
J. Girard III 6 3 4 2/8 0/4 2/2 0 29 2 0 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Dolezaj 12 4 2 4/6 1/1 3/4 3 29 1 0 3 1 3
E. Hughes 10 7 2 3/13 3/5 1/2 0 40 1 2 4 1 6
B. Sidibe 8 8 0 3/4 0/0 2/5 3 27 0 0 2 4 4
B. Boeheim 7 1 3 2/10 1/5 2/2 2 30 0 0 2 1 0
J. Girard III 6 3 4 2/8 0/4 2/2 0 29 2 0 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
H. Washington 5 0 1 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 6 1 0 1 0 0
Q. Guerrier 4 7 0 2/5 0/2 0/0 4 22 1 0 1 1 6
J. Edwards 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
B. Goodine 0 0 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 14 0 0 2 0 0
S. Belbey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Braswell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Carey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Paul - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Ajak - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. LaValle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Giancola - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 54 30 13 19/52 6/21 10/15 13 200 6 2 16 8 22