College basketball: No 3 Iowa routs Western Illinois; No. 7 Kansas, No. 16 Virginia Tech win

Luka Garza scored 35 points, 30 in the first half, and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 3 Iowa stayed unbeaten with a 99-58 win over Western Illinois on Thursday night.

Jack Nunge, playing his first game this season following the death of his father, matched his career high with 18 points for Iowa (3-0). Joe Wieskamp added 11 points and Patrick McCaffery scored 10 for the Hawkeyes.

Garza reached 30 points in the first half for the second consecutive game. He had 36 by halftime of last Friday’s 103-76 victory over Southern.

It was the 19th straight game of 20 points or more for Garza, the lone unanimous selection on The Associated Press preseason All-America team.

No. 7 Kansas 89, Washburn 54

David McCormack scored 17 points, Ochai Agbaji added 16 and Jalen Wilson had 12, helping seventh-ranked Kansas cruise past Washburn in the Jayhawks’ long-delayed home opener.

Kansas (3-1) had opened with a pair of games in Florida and beat Kentucky in Indianapolis before returning to the friendly confines of Allen Fieldhouse. Players sat apart from each other, much like they have at other venues, and the recent surge in positive coronavirus cases forced school officials to limit attendance to a couple hundred staff and family members.

Washburn (3-1), coached by former Jayhawks guard and Bill Self assistant Brett Ballard, wasn’t rattled in the opening minutes. Levi Braun hit a trio of early 3s, Jonny Clausing bulled his way to a couple easy baskets, and the Ichabods managed to hang within 27-22 at the under-8 timeout of the first half.

McCormack and Wilson began to be too much, though.

Braun and Tyler Geiman led the Ichabods with nine points apiece. Clausing finished with eight.

No. 16 Virginia Tech 64, VMI 57

Keve Aluma had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Virginia Tech won its 34th consecutive nonconference game at home.

Tyrece Radford added 13 points and Justyn Mutts had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Hokies (4-0). They led 30-23 at halftime and used a 9-0 run in the second half to take control. Radford had five points in the burst, including a three-point play to finish it.

Myles Lewis had 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead VMI (2-2). Greg Parham added 12 points.

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San Diego State routs Saint Katherine College 83-41

SAN DIEGO — Jordan Schakel had 16 points as San Diego State routed Saint Katherine College 83-41 on Wednesday night.

Terrell Gomez had 13 points for San Diego State (3-0). Keith Dinwiddie Jr. added 12 points. Matt Mitchell had 10 points.

Jesus Hernandez Jr had 12 points for the Firebirds.

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Ron Harper Jr. has career night as Rutgers routs Fairleigh Dickinson

It was interesting. And then Rutgers woke up.

Maybe it was the short turnaround. Tryptophan could also be to blame. Perhaps it was the realization this could be the first game of many with Geo Baker in street clothes. Or, you know, it could be that playing in an empty arena in front of a sea of cardboard is just weird once the opening day adrenaline runs dry.

But whatever it was, the No. 24 Scarlet Knights came out flat on Friday at the RAC. Fairleigh Dickinson did not, and the Knights grabbed an early lead that likely would have had Rutgers fans booing if there were any present in the building. But, again, Rutgers then woke up, so this was a night no one will remember by Sunday instead of one that will be stewed over for months.

Ron Harper Jr. scored a career-high 30 points and Jacob Young added 24 points as Rutgers coasted to a 96-75 win over FDU in Piscataway after trailing for nearly 10 minutes in the first half.

The Knights (0-2) led by as many as seven points early, but the Scarlet Knights began to pull away when Young’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:20 left in the first half sparked a 14-0 run that turned the game. Harper drilled five 3-pointers and showed the offensive consistency Rutgers is looking for from him, especially with Baker sidelined indefinitely with a bad ankle sprain. And the Scarlet Knights are now 2-0 heading into Sunday’s scheduled tilt with Hofstra, another team that had a long-awaited NCAA Tournament appearance was wiped out by COVID-19 in March.

Montez Mathis scored 15 points for Rutgers. Point guard Paul Mulcahy, starting in place of Baker, had two points and a team-leading eight rebounds. Big man Myles Johnson had eight points and freshman Mawot Mag had six points and five boards. Heralded rookie Cliff Omoruyi had a quiet night after notching a double-double in his collegiate debut Wednesday against Sacred Heart; he only had five points and three rebounds.

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