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Hawkeyes drill Chicago State 95-62 in opener

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By LUKE MEREDITH
AP Sports Writer

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Freshman Luka Garza scored 16 points in his debut, Isaiah Moss added 14 points and Iowa pounded Chicago State 95-62 on Friday night.

Tyler Cook and Jordan Bohannon added 12 points apiece for the Hawkeyes, who shot 59.6 percent in their first game without Peter Jok, the Big Ten's leading scorer a year ago.

Iowa closed out the first half on a 12-2 run to jump ahead 52-27 at halftime. The Hawkeyes played 11 guys in the first half - with eight of them logging at least five minutes - and went 7 of 14 from 3-point range.

Cook's alley-oop dunk pushed that lead to 68-37 early in the second half, and coach Fran McCaffery went to the bench after that.

Fred Sims Jr. had 15 points for the undermanned Cougars, who dropped their 12th straight dating back to last January.

Iowa freshman guard Connor McCaffery, the coach's son, sprained his ankle in practice this week and spent his college debut in street clothes. McCaffery made a last-minute decision not to redshirt after guard Christian Williams abruptly decided to transfer and is expected to be in Iowa's rotation.

Nicholas Baer (broken pinky finger) also sat out the opener. He's expected to miss about a month.

THE BIG PICTURE

Iowa: The Hawkeyes struggled at times on defense, especially in transition in the first half. That's to be expected of a team filled largely with underclassmen. But playing time for a bench that could end up being seven players deep will likely be doled out to the guys most committed to playing strong defense.

Chicago State: The Cougars went 6-26 a year ago, losing 11 straight to close the season. Though it never had a chance against the Hawkeyes, Chicago State has a chance to make some noise in the Western Athletic with three starters back.

UP NEXT

Iowa hosts Alabama State on Sunday.

Chicago State plays at Purdue on Sunday.

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