Iowa rolls past Minnesota 72-52 in Big Ten home opener

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - Sophomore Joe Wieskamp scored a season-high 23 points and Iowa blew past Minnesota 72-52 in its Big Ten home opener.

Iowa guard Joe Wieskamp celebrates after making a three-point basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Minnesota, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Luka Garza had 21 points with 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who hit 8 of their first 16 3s in cruising to their second win in three tries.

Wieskamp opened the second half with a 3 to give Iowa its first double-digit lead, 40-29, and Wieskamp pushed it to 49-34 on a layup.

Garza followed with an inside bucket that made it a 17-point game.

Iowa's next game is on the road at Iowa State on Thursday, December 12. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:01 p.m. with television coverage on ESPN2.