BADEN, Switzerland — Luka Garza and the Iowa basketball team didn’t struggle much in the first game of their European tour.
They struggled even less in the second game.
Garza scored 24 points in just 11 minutes of action Thursday as the Hawkeyes romped to a 125-56 victory over a team of Swiss all-stars.
An early 15-0 scoring run helped Iowa build a 69-30 halftime lead and it didn’t get any more competitive after that, despite the fact that Garza played just one minute in the second half.
The 6-foot-10 freshman, who led Iowa with 17 points in a victory Tuesday in Germany, made 8 of 12 shots from the field, 7 of 7 free throws, and added six rebounds and three steals in Thursday’s game.
"I'm learning more and more about my teammates with each game,’’ Garza said. “I love playing with this team."
Ryan Kriener scored 14 points for the Hawkeyes with Connor McCaffery adding 13, Christian Williams 12 and Tyler Cook and Isaiah Moss 10 apiece. McCaffery also had five assists for the second straight game and fellow freshman Jack Nunge had six points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Iowa had a 68-43 advantage in rebounding and forced 33 turnovers.
"I thought the way we came out tonight was really good,'' Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "Our defense was substantially better for the whole game than the other night. We played extremely well the second half the other night, but tonight was 40 minutes of up-the-line and in-their-face defense.''
As with the first game, McCaffery chose to sit out some of his scholarship players. Jordan Bohannon did not play and Cordell Pemsl and Maishe Dailey sat out because of injuries.
The tour continues Saturday with a game in Vedano, Italy, and concludes Monday with a game in Vicenza, Italy.