VEDANO, Italy — Luka Garza continues to give signs that he is going to be a very prominent part of the Iowa basketball team this season.
The freshman center led the Hawkeyes in scoring for the third straight game as Iowa romped past another undermanned European opponent Saturday, defeating the Milan All-Stars 106-64.
Garza finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds in just 22 minutes of action. He has now scored 66 points in three games overseas.
“Luka Garza never takes a possession off,’’ Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “He’s always in the right place. He’s fun to watch. He is one of the best players I have ever seen at finishing through contact.”
Isaiah Moss added 18 points on 4-for-5 shooting from 3-point range with Ryan Kriener collecting 13 points and Christian Williams contributing 10 points and seven assists.
“It’s great to see Isaiah playing the way he’s playing, but I’m not surprised because he has been playing that way all summer,’’ McCaffery said. “He’s looking for his shot and going aggressive to the basket. Whatever the situation calls for, that’s what he’s doing and that’s the maturity you’re seeing in his game.”
Garza had 15 points and eight rebounds and the Hawkeyes shot 61.5 percent from the field in the first half to help Iowa build a 60-44 lead. As with previous games on the tour, the contest became even more lopsided in the final two quarters. The Hawkeyes outscored Milan 46-20 in the second half.
The Hawkeyes ended up shooting 60.6 percent from the field and had a 54-32 rebounding advantage.
"We came out here tonight with a great mindset, played great defense and were focused the entire game,’’ Garza said.
Cordell Pemsl continued to sit out after undergoing sports hernia surgery last spring and Maishe Dailey also did not play for the second straight game as a medical precaution.
The Hawkeyes will play their final game of the tour Monday in Vicenza, Italy.