Iowa battled back in the second half to erase a halftime deficit against Ohio State and it was the post players who played a crucial role in the 72-62 Saturday victory.
Sophomore forward Luka Garza tallied 16 points and four rebounds, while junior forward Tyler Cook chalked up 15 points and eight rebounds. Garza said the Hawkeyes had no problems running the offense through the post.
“Even our bigs were finding us on the high-lows, stuff like that so, that’s just the brand of basketball we play, we go inside-out, we’re really strong in the inside and that opens up our outside game as well,” Garza said.
Freshman guard Joe Wieskamp saw the big men playing well on both ends of the floor.
“Our bigs guys work so hard, pretty sure they held Kaleb Wesson to two points, who’s one of the better players in the Big Ten,” Wieskamp said. “We knew we had to focus in on him. That just shows how good Luka, TC, Ryan are defensively as well as offensively.”
Head coach Fran McCaffery mentioned the offense ran smoother when the defense stepped up.
“We had much more patience and much more pace to our offense when we weren’t making shots and we got stops after misses and that’s critical,” McCaffery said.
Hawkeyes look to make it four-straight when they travel to Penn State on Wednesday. The game’s at 6 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.