IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Luka Garza surged in the second half and finished with 34 points in just 17 minutes, helping No. 3 Iowa rout Iowa State 105-77 on Friday night.
Garza missed nearly 11 minutes in the first half after picking up his second foul, but he responded with 25 points in the second half. He was 13 of 14 from the field — including 10 of 10 after halftime — and made down four straight 3-pointers.
The 6-foot-11 senior scored the most points by a Division I player who played less than 20 minutes in a game over the past 25 seasons, according to ESPN.
Jack Nunge had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Joe Wieskamp added16 points for the Hawkeyes (5-0).
Javan Johnson led Iowa State (1-2) with 20 points. Rasir Bolton had 18 points.
NO. 5 KANSAS 95, OMAHA 50
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Ochai Agbaji scored 18 points and Kansas beat Omaha in the Jayhawks’ final tune-up before beginning Big 12 play.
Mitch Lightfoot had a career-best 14 points, David McCormack had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Tyon Grant-Foster added 13 points to help the Jayhawks (6-1) cruised to their 12th consecutive win at Allen Fieldhouse.
They largely cruised from the opening minute, unlike their last time out, when coach Bill Self’s crew needed Creighton’s best player to miss a free throw in the final seconds to avoid going to overtime with the No. 8 Bluejays.
Wanjang Tut scored 14 points for the Mavericks (2-5).
NO. 8 CREIGHTON 98, NEBRASKA 74
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marcus Zegarowski scored 22 points, Denzel Mahoney had 20 and Creighton used a big run in the second half to pull away and beat Nebraska.
The Bluejays (4-1) weren’t sharp early but went on a powerful dunk- and 3-pointer-filled 30-7 surge to bounce back from their one-point loss at No. 5 Kansas on Tuesday.
Creighton has won eight of nine against the Cornhuskers (3-3) and leads the series 28-26. The Bluejays have won 13 straight regular-season home games against their in-state rival since losing in Omaha in 1995.
Teddy Allen led Nebraska with 26 points. The Huskers committed 25 turnovers, and Creighton converted them into 38 points.
NO. 9 VILLANOVA 76, GEORGETOWN 63
WASHINGTON (AP) — Collin Gillespie and Caleb Daniels each hit five 3-pointers and scored 18 points to lead Villanova past Georgetown in the Big East opener for both teams.
The Wildcats (5-1) trailed by 18 early in the first half at Georgetown’s empty on-campus gym — a surprising deficit considering Villanova was a 11 1/2-point road favorite.
Gillespie shook off a slow start and keyed a 15-0 run that put the Wildcats in control of their sixth straight game on the road. Gillespie hit consecutive 3s early in the second that pulled Villanova within seven and another 3 that it at 50. Daniels hit one more 3 to give the Wildcats the lead.
Jamorko Pickett led the Hoyas (2-3) with 16 points.
NO. 11 WEST VIRGINIA 62, NORTH TEXAS 50
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Sean McNeil scored 15 points and West Virginia rallied in the second half to beat North Texas.
The Mountaineers (5-1) trailed by eight points at halftime, then scored the first 18 points of the second half to take control. Taz Sherman added 13 points, and Derek Culver had 10 points — all in the second half — and 10 rebounds.
Javion Hamlet scored 15 points for North Texas (1-3).
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