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Luka Garza Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

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Iowa Hawkeyes forward Luka Garza (55) Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Carver-Hakeye Arena. (Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa forward Luka Garza was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, it was announced Tuesday by the conference office.

Garza (6-foot-11, 235 pounds) led Iowa to its season-best fifth straight win in a convincing 98-75 triumph over Northern Illinois on Dec. 29, in Iowa City.

Garza posted personal bests in scoring (25), 3-pointers made (3), and blocked shots (5), while also grabbing a game-best seven rebounds in only 16 minutes of action. The native of Washington, D.C., made all eight of his field goal attempts, including all three 3-pointers, and was 6-of-8 from the foul line.

Tuesday marked the second time this season that Garza earned the Big Ten weekly freshman accolade (Nov. 13).

Garza and the Hawkeyes (9-6, 0-2) return to action tonight against Michigan (12-3, 1-1). Tipoff is set for 6:01 p.m. (CT) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Tickets are available through the Iowa Athletic Ticket Office by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS or ordering online at hawkeyesports.com/tickets.