For once, Iowa was the aggressor.
The result was a much-needed win over a long-time rival and, finally, some hope that the next six weeks might not be so bleak after all.
Freshman Luka Garza scored 17 points with a career-high 16 rebounds, Tyler Cook added 17 points and Iowa walloped Wisconsin 85-67 on Tuesday night, snapping a two-game losing streak.
Iowa was without guard Brady Ellingson and forward Ryan Kriener, both of whom missed the game with concussions. It hardly affected the Hawkeyes, as their starters scored 68 points. Cook turned his ankle late in the second half, but McCaffery said he could have returned should Iowa have needed him too. For once, it didn’t.
Jordan Bohannon had 13 points and 11 assists for Iowa, and Cordell Pemsl scored 11 with seven boards. …Wisconsin was 4 of 18 on 3s and got outrebounded 41-32. …The Hawkeyes, who entered play with one of the worst Power Five defenses in America, held the Badgers to 40 percent shooting for its biggest win by margin of victory in the series since 1997.
I thought Luka was great. Happ’s an All-American and Luka is a freshman, McCaffery said. I thought Luka slid his feet really well and made it tough for him.
The River Hawks extended their 33-28 halftime lead with an 8-2 run to start the second half with a 3-point play and a jumper by Jahad Thomas and a 3-pointer from Gantz.
J.C. Show hit a 3 to bring Binghamton within 46-40 with 14:37 to play, but UMass Lowell used a 9-2 run to extend the margin to 59-46 with a layup from Gantz. The Bearcats closed the deficit to five with a 10-2 run before Harris hit a 3 and followed with a jumper and Binghamton couldn’t get closer thereafter.
Thomas scored 14 points and Ryan Jones 10 for UMass Lowell (7-12, 1-5), which shot 54.5 percent (30 of 55).
Show led Binghamton (10-11 1-5) with 26 points. Everson Davis scored 15 and Thomas Bruce added 13 with a career-high 19 rebounds.