Iowa 67

(8-2, 2-1 away)

(20) Tulsa 63

(7-2, 3-2 home)

3:05 PM ET, December 28, 2002

Donald Reynolds Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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IOWA 25 4267
#20TLSA 33 3063

Iowa overtakes Tulsa in final minute for upset

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Iowa battled back for its first big win, and Tulsa failed to put a scrappy opponent away.

Chauncey Leslie's reverse layup with 52 seconds left gave Iowa its first lead, and the Hawkeyes overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to earn a 67-63 upset over Tulsa (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) on Saturday.

"When you can come into a floor like this and a nationally ranked team to get a win and really fight from behind for the first 30 minutes of the game, I thought that was very impressive,'' Iowa coach Steve Alford said.

Jared Reiner made three free throws in the final 10 seconds to seal the victory for Iowa (8-2), which won despite missing the front of three one-and-ones in the game and two free throws in the final 22 seconds.

Leslie finished with 21 points, his fifth 20-point game this season.

Kevin Johnson had 23 points to lead the Golden Hurricane (7-2), who were playing without starting guard Dante Swanson. Tulsa's third leading scorer broke his foot in Monday's game against Texas Christian.

"We had it right there in front of us,'' Johnson said. "We had a few costly plays in a row and we just didn't knock them out. It's just really frustrating.''

Tulsa led 62-61 when Leslie drove the lane and ducked under the rim for the deciding layup, putting Iowa up for good.

Tulsa's Antonio Reed missed the second of two free throws with 9 seconds left that could have given the Golden Hurricane the lead. Reiner then hit three of four from the foul line to clinch it.

Tulsa was in control early, taking its largest lead 40-29 on Jarius Glenn's 3-pointer with 16:02 remaining. But Iowa then went on a 10-2 run, including two layups by Leslie, to cut the lead to 42-39.

The Hawkeyes tied the game for the second time 57-57 on Greg Brunner's free throw with 4:40 left, and used a 10-1 run in the final 2:07 to finish Tulsa off.

"Even then, we get a five-point lead with two minutes to go, and we just didn't finish the ballgame,'' Tulsa coach John Phillips said. "We have to learn how to play when we have a lead.''

Jeff Horner added 15 points for Iowa, and Reiner scored 10. Jason Parker had 15 points for Tulsa, but his 25-foot 3-pointer with 3 seconds left hit the rim and bounced out.

Tulsa led 33-25 at halftime, holding Iowa to just 41-percent shooting, including 2-of-10 from 3-point range, while the Golden Hurricane shot 52 percent.

"I didn't think we played very well in the first half,'' Alford said. "I thought we missed assignments defensively. We didn't execute our offense.''

Iowa's defense stiffened in the second half, limiting Tulsa to 38-percent shooting and creating 11 turnovers.

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