Kris Murray’s career night leads Iowa basketball to victory over Omaha

IOWA CITY — The Iowa men’s basketball team’s win at Seton Hall last Wednesday night served as a coming-out party for junior Kris Murray. In a nationally televised game, Murray posted a game-high 29 points (tying his career high) and cemented his status as a top player to watch this season.

The Hawkeyes returned home Monday night and Murray delivered an even better offensive continuation against Omaha while continuing Iowa’s undefeated start to the season.

Behind a career-high 30 points from Murray, Iowa defeated Omaha 100-64 to improve to 4-0 and entered a key stretch in the non-conference schedule. Patrick McCaffery contributed 16 points and five rebounds and Filip Rebraca contributed eight points and eight rebounds.

Iowa announced before the tip that starting point guard Tony Perkins would be out with a hamstring injury. Without him, the Hawkeye offensive got off to a stuttering start, shooting 0-to-5 from the field and a turnover in the opening minutes. But then Murray’s hot night of filming began.