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IOWA CITY – There is no substitute for the win, and without the substitute there would have been no win

The No. 8 Iowa men’s basketball team put their bench in an 84-78 win over Michigan State Tuesday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to end a two-game loss to The Hawkeyes (13-4, 7th) -3 Big Ten) used the reserves Patrick McCaffery, Keegan Murray, Jack Nunge, Tony Perkins, and Joe Toussaint for much of the last 12 minutes of the game and much of the first half as well

Nunge, Perkins and Toussaint had season highs in just a few minutes. The reserves totaled 39 points and played a large part of Iowa’s best defense

“The bank was huge tonight,” said Iowa Center Luka Garza, “I’m so proud of these guys”

Garza didn’t sit much unlike Iowa’s other four starters. He had 27 points and 12 rebounds in 35 minutes and committed a dozen fouls when Iowa scored 35 free throws against the 15 of MSU000 point career mark and was just behind Roy Marbles 2116 on Iowa’s all-time list

“Being able to close one when we haven’t even done our best is huge to our future confidence”

Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo said, “If we had played like this (in other games this season) we would have won a lot of games

Led by Nunge’s 11 points and seven rebounds before halftime, Iowa’s subs helped fill a 26-15 deficit largely caused by the Spartans making their first six 3-point attempts The Hawkeyes rallied to take a 48:43 lead at halftime, with the final two points being scored by another reserve, newcomer Ahron Ulis

Iowa increased his lead to eight points, but MSU’s 12-2 run gave him a 61-59 advantage and Iowa coach Fran McCaffery turned to his bench again on The U-Boats and Garza brought in the Hawkeyes 3:38 in lead The Spartans closed with 1:21 within 80-78, but starter Jordan Bohannon, who re-entered at 1:56 to the left with Joe Wieskamp, ​​sank all four free throws for the last points of the game

Toussaint had one of his best games of the season with 10 points and six assists. He and Perkins helped turn off the Spartans 3-point cone. Patrick McCaffery, Murray and Nunge continued to help Garza deal with matters near the basket to take care of

“Me and Jack, we don’t really see ourselves as bankers, to be honest,” said Toussaint. “We started last year and he started before I got here and no one on the bench sees himself as bankers We are just one more player who comes in ”

Iowa bounced between 42 and 38, missed a dozen free throws and was only 5 of 17 from 3-point distance. But it shot 50 percent off the field and had a season low of five turnovers

Guard CJ Fredrick returned to the Iowa lineup after a game and a half with a leg problem but was ineffective

“I feel awful for CJ,” said Fran McCaffery. “He’s clearly not himself. We’re going to get him right,” said Fran McCaffery

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