While Penn State is in the Bahamas the Iowa Hawkeyes are also out of the country, flying out to Germany this week for a 12 day trip that also includes stops in Switzerland and Italy. The Hawkeyes trip includes four exhibition games and plenty of sightseeing as Iowa prepares to bounce back from last season and return to the NCAA Tournament.
The Hawkeyes first game of their trip took place yesterday as they faced off against the German All-Stars in a charity event. After a relatively close first half that saw Iowa take a four point lead into the break, the Hawkeyes opened things up on their way to an easy 99-65 victory.
Leading Iowa in scoring was Luka Garza, who recorded 17 points in 19 minutes. Also reaching double figures were Tyler Cook (16), Isaiah Moss (15) and Nicholas Baer (10). Dom Uhl, a German native, added 7 points and 7 rebounds against the German All-Stars.
Iowa took advantage of their ability to score on the fast break, outscoring the German team by a 22-5 margin. Iowa also lit it up from deep, hitting 15 of their 33 three pointers, compared to their opponent’s 19.4% on 31 attempts.
“Our transition offense really clicked tonight. I was really impressed with how we passed the ball,” said head coach Fran McCaffery. “Everyone who shot the basketball was open. It's fun to watch so many guys contribute the way they did tonight."
As yesterday’s game was a charity event, the Hawkeyes still have four games scheduled over the next week in Europe. Next up they’ll face the Swiss All-Stars tomorrow afternoon.