Tyus Battle scored 17 points for Syracuse, and Elijah Hughes and Jalen Carey each had 14.
“We tried things but none of them seemed to work very well,” coach Jim Boeheim said. “We tried different sets, different movements, different perimeter things, subbing people out, setting ball screens and all of those things (but) sometimes if the ball doesn’t go in, none of that works.”
Iowa improved to 3-1 all-time against UConn. It was the first meeting between the schools since Iowa’s 70-68 win on Nov. 11, 1999, also at Madison Square Garden.
“It’s an honor — I think I speak for all of us — to be able to come and play in such a historical arena, such a historical city, so much basketball history,” Cook said. “The fact that we were able to come into this environment and play against two really good teams and come out with two really good victories I think it speaks to our growth as a unit.”
Jalen Adams led the Huskies (3-1) with 20 points. Cobb finished with 16.
UConn coach Danny Hurley was ejected with 1:44 left. He received his first technical foul earlier in the half.
“I did not like the job I did getting my team ready for today,” Hurley said.
UConn trimmed Iowa’s lead to 33-22 on Adams’ layup with 4:15 left in the first half. But Iowa responded with a 10-5 spurt for a 43-27 halftime lead.
“We took our pain that came with last year and used it as motivation this summer to come out here and be a better team,” Garza said. “We did a good job at that on every aspect. Just really proud of our guys. Everybody who came here stepped up.”
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