It was the Luka Garza/Joe Wieskamp show Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, but it was Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery who lit the spark that helped lead to a Hawkeye victory.

The 14:36 mark of the first half seemed to be the turning point Friday night. That's when McCaffery was whistled with a technical foul. Iowa had turned the ball over six times at that point and trailed 6-5. It woke up the Hawks. After Maryland hit three of five free throws from the technical and a personal foul on Bakari Evelyn to take a 9-5 lead, Iowa would outscore the #12 Terrapins 33 to 15 the rest of the half. Iowa led at the break 38-24 and coasted to a 67-49 win. The 49 points are the fewest Maryland has scored against Iowa in their 10 meetings.

Iowa also found the shooting touch from outside the 3-point circle in the game, after going 4 for 33 from long range against Nebraska on Tuesday. Friday night, Joe Wieskamp alone hit five three-pointers. He was five of nine from outside the arc. Wieskamp was 9-16 overall from the field and perfect at the free-throw line. His 26 points were a career-high. The sophomore also grabbed 11 rebounds, also a career-best.

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It was another workmanlike performance by Iowa's center, Luka Garza, whose junior season is off to a phenomenal start. Garza poured in 21 points and 13 rebounds. It was Garza's 10th double-double of the season, the most for a Hawkeye player since Greg Brunner in the 2005-06 season. It was also the seventh time this season Garza has scored at least 20 while pulling down 10 or more rebounds.

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Last night's win in Iowa City was the second time this season Iowa has beaten the 12th-ranked team in the nation. Iowa defeated Texas Tech on November 28. The Red Raiders are currently ranked #22.

Iowa, now 11-5, plays at Northwestern Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. The Hawkeyes will then play three straight at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, where they've lost only once this season.

[Iowa Sports Information]