VICENZA, Italy — Luka Garza finished Iowa’s four-game European trip about the way he began it.
Garza scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Hawkeyes routed the Vicenza All-Stars 88-49 in the final game of their overseas tour Monday.
Garza led Iowa in scoring in all four games on the trip, finishing with 90 points and 41 rebounds.
Tyler Cook added 16 points and 10 rebounds Monday in what probably was the Hawkeyes’ best defensive game of the trip. They finished with 18 steals and seven blocked shots, and held Vicenza to just 27.3-percent shooting from the field.
"They gave us some problems early because they are quick and were moving the ball well, but as the game went on we found our groove both offensively and defensively,’’ Cook said. “I feel like our defensive activity tonight was the best of the four games we played over here.”
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was especially impressed with the way his players fought after a long bus trip across Italy that included some sightseeing.
“They saw the Arena di Verona, Romeo and Juliet’s balcony, had some dinner, and then got here and revved it up,’’ McCaffery said. “For the 40 minutes, everyone was locked in. We didn’t shoot it well, but we still won by 39, so that says a lot about our defense and intensity level.”