COLUMBUS, Ohio – Luka Garza rushed through a national TV interview after No. 9 Iowa routed No. 4 Ohio State on Sunday because he couldn't wait to start celebrating with teammates in the locker room.
“They waited on me, and we had a little celebration,” Garza said after scoring 24 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in Iowa's 73-57 win over the Buckeyes. “It's a huge win for our group, to be able to beat a team like that on their home floor. It’s impressive for us, and it’s huge going forward, especially with seeding in the Big Ten tournament and the NCAA Tournament.”
Joe Weiskamp added 19 points — including 5-for-9 shooting from 3-point range — for the Hawkeyes (18-7, 12-6 Big Ten), who have won five of six with two games remaining in their regular season.
Iowa bounced back from a 79-57 loss to No. 3 Michigan on Thursday.
“We’re an experienced group, we’re a resilient group,” Garza said. “And we know, we’ve had confidence all year that we can hang with the best of the best, and we know we can beat them. Unfortunately, we’ve had a couple performances that didn’t reflect how we good we are against those teams.”
E.J. Liddell had 15 points and Justice Sueing scored 10 for the Buckeyes (18-7, 12-7). Recently projected as a No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed, they've lost three games in eight days.
After Liddell hit a jumper to open the game, the Buckeyes never led again.
Duane Washington Jr.'s 3-pointer cut the Iowa lead to seven points with 3:29 left in the first half, but a 10-3 Iowa run made it 42-28 at the break. Garza had 15 points in the first half, and Weiskamp had 13 on 3-of-4 3-point shooting.