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Cyclones come up just short at Auburn

By SUMNER MARTIN Associated Press True freshman Isaac Okoro has a quiet confidence about him. He doesn’t trash talk or boast, because as his Auburn teammates put it, he doesn’t need to. “Nah, but he definitely backs it up every time,” guard Samir Doughty said when asked if Okoro ...

Hawkeye women soaring at home

IOWA CITY (AP) — Lisa Bluder grew up in Iowa, and her college coaching career has been spent only at in-state schools. So she understands the passion for the sport that spreads from the Mississippi to the Missouri rivers. That love for the game is on display in the Iowa Hawkeyes coach’s ...

Cyclones break out of slump

By ROBERT GRAY The Associated Press AMES — Iowa State senior Solomon Young speaks softly, but his voice carries weight. The 6-foot-8 forward added a much-needed crescendo to his game Tuesday night against Oklahoma State, scoring a career-high 27 points in an 89-82 win. Young — who also ...

Iowa fights off Rutgers in ranked matchup

IOWA CITY (AP) — Luka Garza had 28 points and 13 rebounds as No. 19 Iowa held on in the closing seconds to beat No. 24 Rutgers 85-80 on Wednesday night. Connor McCaffery hit four free throws in the final 16 seconds, his only points of the night, to close out the win for the Hawkeyes (14-5, ...

Cyclones fall below .500

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The two highest-scoring games of Kyler Edwards’ career came at a good time for Texas Tech. The sophomore guard scored 22 points coming off a career high, and the No. 23 Red Raiders pulled away from Iowa State in the second half of a 72-52 victory Saturday. Edwards ...

Garza dominates again

IOWA CITY (AP) — Michigan coach Juwan Howard has seen enough of Iowa’s Luka Garza this season. Garza scored 33 points in Iowa’s 90-83 win over No. 19 Michigan on Friday night. Howard, the first-year coach of the Wolverines, knew nothing about Garza before the season. But after this ...

Hawks exact revenge on Michigan

IOWA CITY (AP) — Luka Garza scored 33 points and four Iowa players scored in double figures as the Hawkeyes beat No. 19 Michigan 90-83 on Friday night. Garza, the Big Ten’s scoring leader, had a career-high 44 points in Iowa’s 103-91 loss at Michigan on Dec. 6. He was just as effective ...

Ex-Hawk Kittle willing to do whatever it takes

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. — No tight end in NFL history has been as productive as George Kittle at catching the ball over the first three years of a career. A player that skilled as a receiver might be expected to ask, or even demand, for the ball to come his ...

Iowa’s Epenesa turning pro

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa will enter the NFL draft after two of the most dominant performances of his career. Epenesa posted his decision on his Instagram page Tuesday, writing that his time with the Hawkeyes was everything he hoped it would be. “Over the last three ...

Hawkeyes surge past Northwestern

By MATT CARLSON Associated Press EVANSTON, Ill. — Luka Garza scored 27 points — all but one of them in two spurts —and Iowa beat Northwestern 75-62 on Tuesday night. C.J. Fredrick and Joe Wieskamp each added 11 as the Hawkeyes (12-5, 3-3 Big Ten) won their second straight. Miller Kopp ...

Iowa roughs up No. 12 Maryland

By JOHN BOHNENKAMP Associated Press IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeyes were down to eight scholarship players and still outplayed No. 12 Maryland. Joe Wieskamp scored 26 points and Big Ten scoring leader Luka Garza had 21 as Iowa beat Maryland 67-49 Friday night. Garza added 13 rebounds for his ...

Drake extends home-court streak

DES MOINES(AP) — D.J. Wilkins and Roman Penn scored 16 points apiece as Drake extended its home winning streak to eight games, narrowly beating Indiana State 80-76 on Saturday. Liam Robbins added 15 points and Jonah Jackson added 12 while Penn had six assists and Robbins posted six blocks ...

Career game for UNI’s Green

CEDAR FALLS (AP) — AJ Green had a career-high 35 points as Northern Iowa extended its home winning streak to eight games, edging past Bradley 69-64 on Saturday night. Austin Phyfe had 10 points for Northern Iowa (12-2, 1-1 Missouri Valley Conference). Tywhon Pickford added 5 points and 16 ...

Hawkeyes caught, passed in ranked clash

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA — Lamar Stevens punctuated a late bucket that assured Penn State would leave the steamy Palestra triumphant with a yell of “This is my city!” “It was just some emotions that came out,” Stevens said. No sense holding them in, not after a ...

Heartbreaking loss for Cyclones

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — R.J. Nembhard remembered being near the same spot on the floor the first time he rescued TCU with a 3-pointer this season. Nembhard forced overtime by banking in a 3 from near the center court logo with 1.7 seconds remaining and scored the first four points of the ...

Iowa runs roughshod over USC

By BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO — A tough month for the Iowa Hawkeyes ended with a rousing Holiday Bowl victory over Southern California that would have made Hayden Fry and Bump Elliott proud. Ihmir Smith-Marsette scored on a 6-yard run, a 98-yard kickoff return and a 12-yard ...

Iowa State can’t stop Notre Dame

By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer ORLANDO, Fla. — So much for the notion that No. 14 Notre Dame didn’t have anything to play for in the Camping World Bowl. A year removed from an appearance in the CFP national semifinals, the Fighting Irish closed out another double-digit win season with ...

Hawks rout Kennesaw State

IOWA CITY (AP) — Sometimes, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said, teams can come back from Christmas break and not be focused. He knew that wasn’t going to happen with the Hawkeyes in Sunday’s game against Kennesaw State. The No. 25 Hawkeyes were sharp in a 93-51 home win to close the ...

Hawkeyes fend off Cincinnati

By JOHN JACKSON Associated Press CHICAGO — Despite losing a 15-point second-half lead, the Iowa players say they never had any doubts. They played like it down the stretch. CJ Fredrick had 21 points, Joe Wieskamp had 16 and Luka Garza had 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Hawkeyes pulled ...

Iowa State in the giving mood

AMES (AP) — With Christmas just days away, Iowa State was in a giving mood. The gifts were well received, too. The Cyclones used a hot hand, which turned passes into 26 assists on Sunday and head into the Christmas break off an 89-59 win over Purdue Fort Wayne. Tyrese Haliburton drained a ...