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Streaky Garza with 27, leads Iowa past Northwestern 75-62.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Luka Garza struck early, then struck again to put the game away.

Garza scored 27 points - all but one of them in two spurts -and Iowa beat Northwestern 75-62 on Tuesday night. C.J. Fredrick and Joe Wieskamp each added 11 as the Hawkeyes (12-5, 3-3 Big Ten) won their second straight.

Garza, the Big Ten scoring leader, hit his first four shots to account for Iowa's first 10 points - and all of his in the first half. Garza didn't connect again until hitting a layup 8:54 into the second. The junior center then turned it on and scored the next 16 straight for Iowa to help the Hawkeyes break open a tight, often plodding game.

''It's the ultimate confidence I have in myself,'' Garza said. ''Every time I touch the ball, I have the ability to score or make the right play. Once I can get the ball deep, in deep post positioning, we got guys like Cordell (Pemsl) who are really unselfish and throw the ball to me down there. I feel like I can score on anybody.''

Northwestern contained Garza for a stretch in the first half. Then then the 6-foot-11 junior sat early in the second after getting slapped with his third foul. But during most of the 24 minutes he was in the game, Garza was a threat, connecting from down low as well as from beyond the arc.

Garza, who entered averaging 22 points, finished 10 for 14 from the floor, hit two of three 3-pointers and helped buoy Iowa's 47% shooting for the game. He made five of six free throws to round out his scoring line.

After pulling Garza early in the second half, Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey put his big man back on the court 8:15 into the period.

After finally connecting again, Garza scored 16 straight points to open Iowa's lead to 69-51. He capped the run with a jumper with 5:01 left.

''He was able to come out of the game, and obviously he's fresh because he was out for so long, that helps because he got up and down the floor pretty good,'' McCaffrey said. ''We got the ball to him in transition a few times.

''And we made a concerted effort to get it to him, and the more we got it to him, the better he was.''

Miller Kopp scored 15, and Pete Nance scored 11 and pulled down 10 rebounds for the cold-shootings Wildcats (6-10, 1-5), who connected at just 36% from the floor and have lost six of seven.

Northwestern played its fourth game in 10 days without two injured regulars. Coach Chris Collins said Garza delivered the knockout punch to his tired team.

''I thought in the second half we were gassed,'' Collins said. ''We were hanging around. but we never could really find the kind of energy and the fight that's needed to beat a team like Iowa.

''He's (Garza) is such a relentless player. Once you get tired, that's when he really kicks in.''

Iowa led 41-35 following a mostly back-and-forth and close first half. The Hawkeyes' seven-point lead with 1:53 left was the biggest by either team in the opening 20 minutes.

Iowa shot 54% from the floor and was 8 of 15 on 3-point attempts in first half. Northwestern went through cold stretches and shot just 36%. Kopp, who led with 14 points after 20 minutes, was the notable exception going 5 of 11 from the floor, including two 3's.

Garza was 4-for-4 from the floor, including two 3s, in the opening 3:50 in to give Iowa a 10-9 lead. He missed his next three shots and was quiet for the rest of the period has he played 14 minutes in the half.

The pace didn't pick up early in the second half. Neither team scored until Northwestern's Robbie Beran hit a 3-point jumper 3:15 in. Iowa was especially cold, hitting just 4 of its first 14 shots in the period while it tried to nurse a lead.

But Garza returned, on schedule, and put the game away.

''We kind of wanted to get to the 12-minute (left) mark,'' McCaffrey said

SUPPORTING CAST

Garza gave his teammates credit for building and maintaining a narrow lead until he

returned.

''We've got a lot of scorers, and I have confidence in our guys'' Garza said. ''You got guys like C.J. (Fredrick) and Joe (Wieskamp) and Connor (McCaffrey) and BK (Bakari Evelyn) who was huge in the first half for us. When you've got guys like that, I've got ultimate confidence that my teammates are going to help me out. Especially when I get in foul trouble.''

TOP GUN

Collins called Garza ''arguably the best player in the conference at this point.''

TIRED CATS

Collins emphasized team needs some time to relax, including in ice tubs, before its next game on Saturday at Illinois. ''I thought we hit the wall a little bit emotionally and physically,'' he said.

BIG PICTURE

Iowa: The Hawkeyes needed this win in their only regular-season game against Northwestern to hold their ground in the middle of the Big Ten standings.

Northwestern: The Wildcats fell short -and into last place in the Big Ten - following a 62-57 win over Nebraska on Saturday that ended a five-game slide.

UP NEXT

Iowa: The Hawkeyes host Michigan on Friday.

Northwestern: The Wildcats will play at Illinois on Saturday afternoon.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Iowa  
19:43 +2 Luka Garza made layup, assist by Connor McCaffery 2-0
19:11 +2 Pat Spencer made jump shot 2-2
18:59   Joe Wieskamp missed jump shot  
18:57   Defensive rebound by Pete Nance  
18:46 +3 Ryan Young made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Pete Nance 2-5
18:27 +3 Luka Garza made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joe Wieskamp 5-5
18:06   Lost ball turnover on Pat Spencer, stolen by Joe Wieskamp  
17:59   CJ Fredrick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:57   Defensive rebound by Robbie Beran  
17:45   Bad pass turnover on Pat Spencer  
17:27   CJ Fredrick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:25   Defensive rebound by Northwestern  
17:05   Robbie Beran missed jump shot  
17:03   Offensive rebound by Ryan Young  
17:01 +2 Ryan Young made layup 5-7
16:51 +3 Luka Garza made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Connor McCaffery 8-7
16:15   Ryan Young missed layup  
16:13   Offensive rebound by Pete Nance  
16:10 +2 Pete Nance made layup 8-9
16:04 +2 Luka Garza made hook shot, assist by Connor McCaffery 10-9
15:38   Robbie Beran missed layup, blocked by Luka Garza  
15:36   Offensive rebound by Northwestern  
15:34 +3 Miller Kopp made 3-pt. jump shot 10-12
15:06   Luka Garza missed layup  
15:04   Defensive rebound by Miller Kopp  
14:51   Robbie Beran missed jump shot  
14:49   Defensive rebound by Connor McCaffery  
14:36   Luka Garza missed layup  
14:34   Defensive rebound by Northwestern  
14:34   Personal foul on Connor McCaffery  
14:27   Robbie Beran missed jump shot  
14:25   Defensive rebound by Connor McCaffery  
14:06 +3 Connor McCaffery made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by CJ Fredrick 13-12
13:50   Miller Kopp missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:48   Offensive rebound by Robbie Beran  
13:30   Shooting foul on Joe Wieskamp  
13:30 +1 A.J. Turner made 1st of 2 free throws 13-13
13:30 +1 A.J. Turner made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-14
13:13 +2 Joe Wieskamp made dunk, assist by CJ Fredrick 15-14
12:57 +2 Miller Kopp made jump shot, assist by Pat Spencer 15-16
12:37   Shooting foul on Jared Jones  
12:37   Ryan Kriener missed 1st of 2 free throws  
12:37 +1 Ryan Kriener made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-16
12:15   Pete Nance missed jump shot, blocked by Ryan Kriener  
12:13   Offensive rebound by Miller Kopp  
12:06   Miller Kopp missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:04   Offensive rebound by Pete Nance  
12:00 +2 Pete Nance made dunk 16-18
11:51   Joe Wieskamp missed layup  
11:49   Defensive rebound by Jared Jones  
11:42   Miller Kopp missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:40   Offensive rebound by A.J. Turner  
11:22   Jared Jones missed jump shot, blocked by Luka Garza  
11:20   Offensive rebound by Northwestern  
11:19   Shot clock violation turnover on Northwestern  
10:58   Personal foul on Pete Nance  
10:40   Connor McCaffery missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:38   Defensive rebound by Miller Kopp  
10:18   Shooting foul on Luka Garza  
10:18 +1 Pete Nance made 1st of 3 free throws 16-19
10:18   Pete Nance missed 2nd of 3 free throws  
10:18 +1 Pete Nance made 3rd of 3 free throws 16-20
9:57   Joe Wieskamp missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:55   Offensive rebound by Iowa  
9:55   Personal foul on Ryan Young  
9:53 +2 Ryan Kriener made hook shot, assist by Bakari Evelyn 18-20
9:43   Shooting foul on Cordell Pemsl  
9:43   A.J. Turner missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:43 +1 A.J. Turner made 2nd of 2 free throws 18-21
9:27   Bakari Evelyn missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:25   Defensive rebound by Ryan Young  
9:02   A.J. Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:00   Defensive rebound by Ryan Kriener  
8:44   Bad pass turnover on CJ Fredrick, stolen by Robbie Beran  
8:26   Pat Spencer missed jump shot  
8:24   Defensive rebound by Bakari Evelyn  
8:23   Personal foul on Pat Spencer  
7:57 +3 Bakari Evelyn made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by CJ Fredrick 21-21
7:33   Traveling violation turnover on Robbie Beran  
7:11 +3 CJ Fredrick made 3-pt. jump shot 24-21
6:36 +2 Ryan Young made layup, assist by A.J. Turner 24-23
6:36   Shooting foul on Cordell Pemsl  
6:36   Ryan Young missed free throw  
6:36   Defensive rebound by Joe Wieskamp  
6:16 +2 Connor McCaffery made jump shot, assist by CJ Fredrick 26-23
6:02 +2 Miller Kopp made jump shot, assist by Ryan Young 26-25
5:42   Joe Wieskamp missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:40   Defensive rebound by Pete Nance  
5:25 +3 A.J. Turner made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Pat Spencer 26-28
5:09   Personal foul on Ryan Young  
5:07 +3 CJ Fredrick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bakari Evelyn 29-28
4:38   A.J. Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:36   Offensive rebound by Pete Nance  
4:33   Pat Spencer missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:31   Defensive rebound by Iowa  
4:19   Luka Garza missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:17   Defensive rebound by Jared Jones  
4:06   Miller Kopp missed jump shot  
4:04   Defensive rebound by Luka Garza  
3:50 +3 Bakari Evelyn made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joe Wieskamp 32-28
3:32   Pete Nance missed layup  
3:30   Offensive rebound by Miller Kopp  
3:26   Personal foul on Luka Garza  
3:19   Shooting foul on Connor McCaffery  
3:18 +1 Miller Kopp made 1st of 2 free throws 32-29
3:18 +1 Miller Kopp made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-30
3:07 +2 Bakari Evelyn made layup 34-30
2:48   A.J. Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:46   Offensive rebound by Miller Kopp  
2:42 +2 Miller Kopp made layup 34-32
2:30 +3 CJ Fredrick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bakari Evelyn 37-32
2:03   Miller Kopp missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:01   Defensive rebound by CJ Fredrick  
1:53   Shooting foul on Jared Jones  
1:53 +1 Joe Wieskamp made 1st of 2 free throws 38-32
1:53 +1 Joe Wieskamp made 2nd of 2 free throws 39-32
1:41 +3 Miller Kopp made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by A.J. Turner 39-35
1:32   Joe Toussaint missed jump shot  
1:30   Defensive rebound by Pete Nance  
1:09   Miller Kopp missed jump shot  
1:07   Defensive rebound by Ryan Kriener  
51.0 +2 Ryan Kriener made hook shot, assist by CJ Fredrick 41-35
39.0   Pat Spencer missed jump shot  
37.0   Defensive rebound by Bakari Evelyn  
11.0   Joe Toussaint missed layup  
9.0   Defensive rebound by Miller Kopp  
1.0   Pete Nance missed jump shot  
1.0   Defensive rebound by Ryan Kriener  
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:55   Offensive foul on Ryan Young  
19:55   Turnover on Ryan Young  
19:49   Joe Toussaint missed jump shot  
19:47   Offensive rebound by Connor McCaffery  
19:39   CJ Fredrick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:37   Offensive rebound by Joe Wieskamp  
19:39   Offensive foul on Luka Garza  
19:39   Turnover on Luka Garza  
19:23   Miller Kopp missed jump shot  
19:21   Defensive rebound by Ryan Kriener  
18:52   Joe Toussaint missed jump shot  
18:50   Offensive rebound by Connor McCaffery  
18:39   Bad pass turnover on Connor McCaffery, stolen by Miller Kopp  
18:33   Miller Kopp missed layup  
18:31   Defensive rebound by Connor McCaffery  
18:20   Connor McCaffery missed jump shot  
18:18   Defensive rebound by Robbie Beran  
17:51   Lost ball turnover on Pat Spencer, stolen by Joe Wieskamp  
17:41   Joe Wieskamp missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:39   Offensive rebound by Ryan Kriener  
17:27   Joe Wieskamp missed layup  
17:25   Defensive rebound by Robbie Beran  
17:04   Pete Nance missed layup  
17:02   Defensive rebound by Joe Wieskamp  
16:56   Joe Toussaint missed layup, blocked by Miller Kopp  
16:54   Defensive rebound by Pat Spencer  
16:46 +3 Robbie Beran made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Pat Spencer 41-38
16:30 +2 CJ Fredrick made layup, assist by Joe Toussaint 43-38
16:11   Shooting foul on Joe Wieskamp  
16:11 +1 Jared Jones made 1st of 2 free throws 43-39
16:11 +1 Jared Jones made 2nd of 2 free throws 43-40
15:44 +3 Connor McCaffery made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ryan Kriener 46-40
15:23   Jared Jones missed jump shot  
15:21   Offensive rebound by Miller Kopp  
15:09 +2 Robbie Beran made jump shot, assist by Miller Kopp 46-42
14:54   Personal foul on Robbie Beran  
14:35   Bakari Evelyn missed jump shot  
14:33   Defensive rebound by Ryan Greer  
14:07   A.J. Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:05   Defensive rebound by Connor McCaffery  
13:43 +3 Ryan Kriener made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bakari Evelyn 49-42
13:20 +2 Ryan Greer made floating jump shot 49-44
13:10   Personal foul on Jared Jones  
13:05   Bad pass turnover on CJ Fredrick  
12:52   Pete Nance missed jump shot  
12:50   Defensive rebound by Bakari Evelyn  
12:44   Personal foul on Pete Nance  
12:23   Bakari Evelyn missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:21   Offensive rebound by Joe Wieskamp  
12:19   Personal foul on Ryan Young  
12:16 +2 Ryan Kriener made dunk, assist by Bakari Evelyn 51-44
11:59   Bad pass turnover on Miller Kopp, stolen by CJ Fredrick  
11:48   CJ Fredrick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:46   Defensive rebound by Pete Nance  
11:24 +2 Jared Jones made layup, assist by A.J. Turner 51-46
11:06 +2 Luka Garza made layup, assist by Cordell Pemsl 53-46
11:06   Shooting foul on Jared Jones  
11:06 +1 Luka Garza made free throw 54-46
10:52   Miller Kopp missed jump shot  
10:50   Defensive rebound by Connor McCaffery  
10:44   Shooting foul on A.J. Turner  
10:44 +1 Luka Garza made 1st of 2 free throws 55-46
10:44 +1 Luka Garza made 2nd of 2 free throws 56-46
10:23   Robbie Beran missed layup  
10:21   Defensive rebound by Luka Garza  
10:07 +2 Luka Garza made layup, assist by Cordell Pemsl 58-46
9:47   Personal foul on Bakari Evelyn  
9:37 +2 Robbie Beran made layup, assist by A.J. Turner 58-48
9:26   Luka Garza missed hook shot  
9:24   Defensive rebound by Pat Spencer  
9:15   Personal foul on Cordell Pemsl  
9:08   Robbie Beran missed layup, blocked by Joe Wieskamp  
9:06   Defensive rebound by Luka Garza  
8:56   Bad pass turnover on Cordell Pemsl, stolen by Robbie Beran  
8:56   Personal foul on Connor McCaffery  
8:38 +2 Robbie Beran made jump shot, assist by Pat Spencer 58-50
8:16 +2 Luka Garza made hook shot, assist by Cordell Pemsl 60-50
8:00   Miller Kopp missed jump shot  
7:58   Defensive rebound by Joe Wieskamp  
7:33 +2 Luka Garza made jump shot, assist by Bakari Evelyn 62-50
7:07   Robbie Beran missed dunk  
7:05   Defensive rebound by Bakari Evelyn  
7:00 +2 Luka Garza made layup, assist by Bakari Evelyn 64-50
7:00   Shooting foul on A.J. Turner  
7:00 +1 Luka Garza made free throw 65-50
6:48   Ryan Young missed jump shot  
6:46   Defensive rebound by Cordell Pemsl  
6:28   CJ Fredrick missed jump shot  
6:26   Defensive rebound by Robbie Beran  
6:21   A.J. Turner missed layup, blocked by Cordell Pemsl  
6:19   Defensive rebound by CJ Fredrick  
6:03   Personal foul on Robbie Beran  
6:03 +1 Joe Wieskamp made 1st of 2 free throws 66-50
6:03 +1 Joe Wieskamp made 2nd of 2 free throws 67-50
5:44   Miller Kopp missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:42   Defensive rebound by Joe Wieskamp  
5:32   Bakari Evelyn missed jump shot  
5:30   Defensive rebound by Pete Nance  
5:24   Shooting foul on CJ Fredrick  
5:24   Miller Kopp missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:24 +1 Miller Kopp made 2nd of 2 free throws 67-51
5:07   Jumpball received by Iowa  
5:03 +2 Luka Garza made jump shot, assist by Joe Wieskamp 69-51
4:49   Shooting foul on Bakari Evelyn  
4:49 +1 Pat Spencer made 1st of 3 free throws 69-52