Top 25 Wrap: Garza paces Iowa to fifth straight win; Houston breezes to fourth consecutive victory

Northwestern Wildcats’ center Ryan Young (15) goes to the basket as Iowa Hawkeyes’ center Luka Garza (55) defends during the second half at Welsh-Ryan Arena. (Photo: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports)

NO. 5 IOWA (12-2) 96
NORTHWESTERN (6-6) 73
Luka Garza posted his sixth double-double of the season, and Iowa won its fifth straight game. Garza finished with game highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds The senior center connected on 7-of-12 shots including 1-of-3 from behind the 3-point arc over 24 minutes of action. Joe Wieskamp added 16 points while CJ Frederick had 13, Jack Nunge 12 and Jordan Bohnannon 11. Iowa as a team shot 57.9 percent (33-57) from the floor and handed out 22 assists.

Pete Nance led Northwestern with 16 points.

UCF (3-5) 58
NO. 11 HOUSTON (11-1) 75
Houston connected on its first four 3-point attempts of the game and jumped 12-0 lead on its way to a 45-19 advantage at halftime. Dejon Jarreau connected twice from long range while Quentin Grimes and Marcus Sasser also found the measure from long range in the opening 3:14 of the game. Grimes finished with a game-high 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting. Teammate Justin Gorham grabbed nine rebounds to go with 15 points. The Cougars converted 20 UCF turnovers into a 20-9 advantage in points off those miscues.

NO. 20 VIRGINIA TECH (11-2) 64
WAKE FOREST (3-5) 60
Tyrece Radford led three in double figures, and Virginia Tech won its third straight game. Radford’s jumper with 6:34 remaining in the game gave the Hokies a lead they did not surrender at 48-46. David N’Guessan and Hunter Cattoor added 13 points apiece. Keve Aluma grabbed 11 rebounds.

Wake Forest’s Isaiah Mucius scored 10 points including a layup as the Demon Deacons erased a six-point halftime deficit and tied the game at 46-46.

OTHER SCORES: UMASS 65
FORDHAM 46

DAYTON 67
GEORGE WASHINGTON 54

AMERICAN 59
NAVY 71

HOLY CROSS 87
COLGATE 96

ARMY 76
BOSTON U. 65

BUCKNELL 77
LEHIGH 61

LAFAYETTE 72
LOYOLA (MD) 70

UMASS LOWELL 77
BINGHAMTON 67

MAINE 60
VERMONT 88

HARTFORD 49
UMBC 57 ‘

NEW HAMPSHIRE 67
STONY BROOK 64

NJIT 71
ALBANY 83

PENN STATE 72
PURDUE 80

WESTERN KENTUCKY 69
MARSHALL 67

INDIANA STATE 74
ILLINOIS STATE 68

EVANSVILLE 55
BRADLEY 86

NORTHERN IOWA 46
LOYOLA CHICAGO 88

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