AMES (AP) — Sixteen years, Iowa guard Joe Wieskamp said, is a long time.
That’s how long it had been since the Hawkeyes won on the road against in-state rival Iowa State.
That changed on Thursday night.
Luka Garza had 21 points and 11 rebounds and led five Iowa players scoring in double figures as the Hawkeyes beat Iowa State 84-68.
Iowa (8-3) snapped an eight-game losing streak at Hilton Coliseum. The Hawkeyes hadn’t won in the Cyclones’ home since a victory in the 2003 NIT.
“It’s huge,” Wieskamp said. “This is probably the one game on the schedule I look at the most.”
The Hawkeyes struck early and held off two bursts from the Cyclones in the second half.
“I think the important thing, when you’re playing on the road against a good team, a well-coached team, it’s important to get off to a good start,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “And we did.”
“We got embarrassed,” Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. “We’ve got to live with it.”
Wieskamp had 13 points, Jordan Bohannon and Connor McCaffery each scored 12, and CJ Fredrick added 11.
Tyrese Haliburton led Iowa State (6-4) with 22 points. Solomon Young had 10.
Iowa opened the game on an 18-4 run and led 37-16 with 3:01 left before the break after a Garza dunk. But the Cyclones closed the first half on an 8-2 run, then opened the second with a 13-5 spurt.
Iowa’s biggest lead was 73-48 with 8:25 to play.
“They wanted it more than us,” Haliburton said. “They played harder than us.”