NEW YORK – Has the Iowa basketball team found its go-to scorer?
It's only one game. And it was a loss, 66-63 to Syracuse. But when Aaron White was saddled with early foul trouble, Jarrod Uthoff took the Madison Square Garden stage for coach Fran McCaffery.
The junior from Cedar Rapids might have played his best game as a Hawkeye, pumping in a career-high 20 points and scoring from inside and outside Friday at Madison Square Garden.
The 6-foot-9 Uthoff was almost forced into a more prominent role when White was removed after picking up two fouls in the game's first 2 minutes, 33 seconds.
Uthoff played a career-high 36 minutes Friday, topping the 30 he played Thursday against Texas.
Jarrod Uthoff and Aaron White say this is a good Iowa team.
"Absolutely," Uthoff said of the need for him to step up. "I need to stay more aggressive. Coach has been on me ever since I got to Iowa, to be more aggressive. I thought to myself, 'I just need to shoot more.'"
White, who played all 20 minutes in the second half and finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, he won't be mistaken for the create-his-own-shot scorer that Iowa lost when Devyn Marble went to the NBA.
After Iowa fell behind 52-37, Uthoff scored 11 points during a 21-6 Hawkeye run, including two smooth 3-pointers. He's averaging 13.3 points in Iowa's first four games.
"We don't have that one go-to scorer that we did last year with Dev," said center Adam Woodbury, who scored 12 points in 28 minutes. "It's a collective team effort, and everyone's got to do their own part."