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Iowa shakes off ragged play, cruises past Colgate

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa could get away with some ragged play
against Colgate. The No. 20 Hawkeyes might not be so lucky in their
next game.

Greg Brunner scored 16 points and Iowa survived a sloppy stretch
in the second half to beat Colgate 73-51 on Tuesday night in the
second round of the Guardians Classic.

The Hawkeyes (2-0) righted themselves after Colgate (1-1) cut a
19-point lead to six and advanced to the semifinals against No. 8
Kentucky in Kansas City on Monday night.

"We played some good teams here, but nothing of the caliber
we're going to see next week," Iowa's Adam Haluska said. "It was
good for us to face adversity a little bit. It might be a good
thing for us heading into Kentucky."

Still, the Hawkeyes know they'll have to play a more complete
game than they did against Colgate, which hit eight of its first
nine shots in the second half and went on a 19-7 run to cut the
lead to 49-43.

The fans were getting nervous and coach Steve Alford was looking
for some defense.

"Our first 10 minutes out of the locker room [in the second
half] is something we can't do," Alford said. "We let out poor
offense -- we had seven turnovers in that stretch -- affect our
defense. If you have poor offense, you need to have nasty
defense."

Kendall Chones, a 6-foot-7, 255-pound sophomore, gave the
Hawkeyes the most trouble during Colgate's run. Chones had a dunk
and three other baskets, one of them on a goaltending call, while
Alvin Reed hit two long 3-pointers.

The Raiders got no closer, though, and Iowa eventually regained
control with a 13-0 run. Brunner scored six points in that stretch
and drew a charge on Chones, his fourth foul, and Haluska finished
the burst with a deep 3-pointer, making it 68-45 with 6 minutes to
play.

"Our players came out in the second half and I thought we
picked up the intensity," Colgate coach Emmett Davis said. "But
we really kind of blew a gasket. We ran out of steam there."

Alford felt freshman Tony Freeman's defense on Reed helped the
Hawkeyes finally slow the Raiders. Reed didn't score in the last 16
minutes and finished with 11 points.

"That was pivotal," Alford said.

Chones led Colgate with 20 points on 9-for-15 shooting. Kyle
Roemer scored 12.

Haluska added 14 points for Iowa, Jeff Horner had 13 points and
eight assists, while Erek Hansen had 11 points and eight rebounds.
Brunner also grabbed eight rebounds.

Few things went right while the Hawkeyes were struggling early
in the second half. They twice stole the ball and then promptly
gave it right back, they missed free throws and Brunner missed a
dunk, though he came back seconds later to hit a layup.

"I think we came out in the second half maybe just a little
cocky, a little big-headed," Hansen said. "We were just thinking
about Maryland Eastern-Shore, we were up by 25 and they just gave
up. And [Colgate] didn't. They wanted that game just as much as we
did."

Iowa beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 86-41 on Monday night.

The Hawkeyes looked to be on their way to the same type of rout
with their first half against Colgate. Alford used nine players
during the half and eight of them scored.

Horner hit two 3-pointers and converted a three-point play to
help the Hawkeyes build a 17-4 lead. Haluska's 3-pointer made it
28-11 and Iowa led 37-18 when Brunner, who usually does his scoring
inside, nailed a 3 from the top of the key.

It was 42-24 at halftime, but when Iowa made only two baskets in
the first 6:50 of the second half, Colgate got back in it.

Despite that lapse, Davis sees big things for the Hawkeyes.

"I'm very impressed with their experience, their physical
play," he said. "They're my pick to win the Big Ten right now."