IOWA CITY (AP) — Luka Garza missed his first five shots but still scored 29 points as Iowa beat North Florida 83-68 in a Las Vegas Invitational preliminary game on Thursday.
The Hawkeyes (3-1) led just 39-35 at halftime, then opened the second half with a 17-4 run.
Garza finished 12-of-18 from the field, including 2 of 2 in 3-pointers. He also had 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the season and the eighth of his career.
Joe Wieskamp had 14 points for Iowa. Jack Nunge had 11 points, and freshman Joe Toussaint added 10.
Ivan Gandia-Rosa led North Florida (4-2) with 18 points, including six 3-pointers.
Carter Henricksen had 17 points with nine rebounds.