IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Joe Wieskamp scored a career-high 30 points and Luka Garza added 22 to help No. 17 Iowa bounce back from its worst loss of the season with a 96-72 win over Nebraska on Saturday.
Garza and Wieskamp came into the game averaging a combined 38 points per game, the sixth-best scoring duo in NCAA Division I play.
Wieskamp’s previous career high was 26 in the 67-49 win over Maryland on Jan. 10. It was the ninth consecutive Big Ten game of 20 or more points for Garza, who leads the conference in scoring.
Iowa (17-7, 8-5 Big Ten) was coming off a 104-68 loss at Purdue on Wednesday, and guard CJ Fredrick said during Friday’s media availability that the Hawkeyes were “embarrassed” after that defeat.
They took it out on the Huskers (7-16, 2-10).
Iowa, which made just 4 of 33 3-point attempts in a 76-70 loss to the Huskers on Jan. 7, made three 3-pointers in the opening 4 1/2 minutes on the way to an early 21-5 lead. But the Hawkeyes missed their next 11 shots, going scoreless for almost eight minutes. The Huskers couldn’t capitalize, though, and Iowa led 41-30 at halftime.
The Hawkeyes opened the second half with a 25-8 run to put the game away.
Jervay Green led Nebraska with 18 points. Cam Mack had 13 points, and Dachon Burke added 12.
The loss at Purdue on Wednesday could knock the Hawkeyes down a few spots, but they should stay in the rankings with this win.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes kept pace with Big Ten leader Maryland, staying two games back while moving into a tie with Michigan State for fourth place.
Nebraska: It was the eighth consecutive loss for the Huskers, who play Maryland, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Illinois in its next four games.
Nebraska: The Huskers play at No. 9 Maryland on Tuesday.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes play at Indiana on Thursday.