IOWA CITY, Iowa- The University of Iowa men’s basketball team defeated Georgia Tech 81-65 Tuesday night on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa drew 6-1 on the season.
Junior Chris Murray ended the night with a career-high 31 points and 20 rebounds, plus four assists and two blocks. Murray drilled four of Iowa’s nine total of 3-pointers against the Yellow Jackets en route to his fourth double-double of the season.
Murray accumulated 15 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and a block in the first half to secure an early Hawkeye advantage. Iowa led by 14 points in the first 20 minutes and went into the locker room at the break 40-29.
The Yellow Jackets started the second half by scoring 7-0, but from then on the half belonged to the Hawkeyes. After the first media timeout of the half, Murray scored the next eight Iowa points on three consecutive possessions to rebuild the Iowa lead.
fifth year Philip Rebraca was next for Iowa on offense, scoring 13 points and seven rebounds in the contest. Junior Tony Perkins finished with 11 points, three assists, two rebounds and a block.
graduate student Connor McCaffery scored 10 points, including 3-of-4 shots from behind the arc while catching 10 rebounds for a double-double of his own.
Red Shirt Junior Patrick McCaffery contributed nine points, three boards and a block.
Iowa won on the glass, 44-35, and had 21 assists on 27 field goals for the game.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH FRAN MCCAFFERY
“[Kris Murray] had two double-doubles down in Florida so I wasn’t concerned about how he would react… What’s really impressive about Kris’ rebounds is that six offensive rebounds in the first half made a huge difference in the game. We struggled to kick the ball and he went back and got it six times. The other thing is that a lot of guys can live to be 30, but very few people will be able to live to 20. Most guys who get 30 [points] are not recovering, so I find that impressive.”
- Iowa has now won eight of its last ten ACC/Big Ten Challenge games, including five straight at home.
- Kris Murray recorded his fourth double-double in five games, hitting double-digit rebounds and points in the first 13:15 of the game. Murray finished the contest with 31 points and career bests in rebounds (20) and assists (4). Murray has 20+ points in four of the last six competitions.
- The last Hawkeye to total 30+ points and 15+ rebounds in a game was Luka Garza in Minnesota on December 25, 2020 (32 points; 17 rebounds).
- The last time a Hawkeye hit 20 or more rebounds in a game was Kris’ brother Keegan against NC Central on November 16, 2021. Today’s feat of 20 rebounds marks the 25th time in program history that the feat was accomplished .
- Murray’s 31 points and 20 rebounds are both the most by a Hawkeye in an ACC Challenge game. The 20 rebounds tie Justin Champagnie (Pitt in 2020) for the most players in a Challenge game and is the most by any Big Ten player.
- Connor McCaffery hit his first career double-double (10 points; 10 rebounds). The 10 rebounds is a season best for the Hawkeye senior.
- Tonight’s win was Fran McCaffery’s No. 499 as head coach.
- Iowa has won 81 of its last 86 non-conference home games, dating back to 2012.
- Iowa improved to 2-1 all-time against the Yellow Jackets.
- Tonight was the second of three games against ACC opponents over a 12-day period (Clemson, Georgia Tech, Duke).
The Hawkeyes return to the hardwood on Tuesday, December 6 against Duke at the Jimmy V Classic in New York City. Tipoff is scheduled for approximately 8:30 p.m. CT at Madison Square Garden.