Murray scores 30 points as No. 25 Iowa defeats Omaha 100-64

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Kris Murray scored a career-high 30 points Monday night as No. 25 Iowa defeated Omaha 100-64 in a preliminary round match of the Emerald Coast Classic.

Murray, who set a career-high 29 points in the Hawkeyes’ 83-67 win at Seton Hall last Wednesday, was blocked 86 seconds into the game by Omaha’s Dylan Brougham.

Murray then went on to hit 11 consecutive shots on his way to a 25-point first half. He didn’t miss until a 3-point try rolled off the rim with 34 seconds left at halftime.

“I’ve never had a run like this in my life,” Murray said. “It was kind of cool just being in that moment.”

“I got into a rhythm early on – just easy baskets, open jump shots,” he said. “It gives me a lot of confidence because I know I can score on different levels and it will be difficult to stop me.”

The junior finished the field 13th of 17 and added seven rebounds.