No. 5 Iowa Tops No. 17 Minnesota 86-71

A fast start to the second half was a key for fifth ranked Iowa.

Gary Dolphin and Bobby Hansen on the Hawkeye Network. The Hawkeyes outscored 17th ranked Minnesota 16-4 to open the second half in an 86-71 win. Luka Garza had 33 points and Joe Wieskamp added 20 as Iowa avenged a Christmas evening loss in the Twin Cities.

Wieskamp says the Hawkeyes were better on defense than in the first meeting.

Iowa is 5-1 in the Big Ten and has won four straight since the loss to the Gophers.

Senior guard Jordan Bohannon had 19 points and added a career-high 14 assists and seven rebounds.

That’s Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. The Hawkeyes had 27 assists on 31 made baskets.

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