IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa relied on its trademark defense and
some unusually potent offense to bounce back from the worst loss of
coach Steve Alford's tenure.
Iowa, coming off an 85-55 defeat at Michigan State on Saturday
that knocked them out of the Top 25, responded with perhaps its
best overall game of the season and improved to 3-0 at home against
Top 25 teams.
The Hawkeyes held Indiana, which came into the game second in
the nation in field goal percentage at 51.6, to 37 percent
Iowa's lagging offense came to life as well, as the Hawkeyes
shot 69 percent in the second half.
"They've got great resolve and resiliency. They know how to
respond after a tough setback," Alford said of his team. "This
was a big game for us in a lot of ways."
Whether Indiana felt the same way was another matter. The
Hawkeyes (15-5, 4-2 Big Ten) held Indiana to its lowest point total
of the season, and guard A.J. Ratliff said that many of the
Hoosiers didn't approach the game -- which knocked Indiana out of
first place in the Big Ten -- with the mind-set that helped them to
won eight of nine games coming in.
"A lot of guys took this game as just another game. We didn't
go with a first-place effort," Ratliff said. "A lot of guys took
Robert Vaden was 8-for-12 from 3-point range and had a
career-high 26 points for the Hoosiers (12-4, 4-2), who played
without guard Marshall Strickland because of a knee injury. Marco
Killingsworth had 10 points and six rebounds for Indiana.
Indiana's previous low was 62 points, which it tallied in each
of its last two games.
Strickland, the team's third leading scorer at 12.3 points per
game, was held out as a precaution after hurting his right knee
Saturday against Purdue. The injury is not thought to be serious.
Vaden hit two 3-pointers in a span of 8 seconds to make it 64-57
with 1:26 left. The Hawkeyes iced the game with nine free throws.
Indiana cut a 44-27 deficit to eight points midway through the
second half. But Horner hit a 3-pointer for Iowa, and Indiana coach
Mike Davis -- frustrated all night with the officials -- was charged
with a technical foul on the Hoosiers' next trip down court.
Davis refused to address the technical, but did say that he
didn't curse at the officials.
"They did everything they needed to do to win the basketball
game tonight," Davis said of Iowa. "You have to take your hat off
to them because of their effort and their attitude. They could have
walked in here and listened to what people said about them losing
by 30 to Michigan State."
Mike Henderson started Iowa's decisive run with two baskets, and
Horner followed a block by Hansen with a 3-pointer to put the
Hawkeyes ahead 39-27. Haluska then made a tough layup, and Brunner
capped the stretch with a 3 that gave Iowa a 17-point lead with
"We were getting on each other because the last couple games
we've been dogging it," Hansen said of the Hawkeyes' recent
second-half play. "We tried coming out and getting into each other
a little bit."
The Hawkeyes never trailed in the first half, but the Hoosiers
rallied to close within 30-27 at halftime. Led by two 3-pointers by
Vaden, Indiana outscored the Hawkeyes 11-4 over the final 4:13 of
Iowa scored the game's first seven points, and led by as much as
26-16 following a 3-pointer by Haluska.
"Our defense was there tonight, and it wasn't there against
Michigan State," Haluska said. "I think we've got to credit the
defense once again."
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