Tony Freeman chipped in 10 points and five assists for Iowa
(3-4), which advanced to Saturday night's Hawkeye Challenge final
against Coppin State.
The Eagles surprised LaSalle 69-68 in Friday's tourney opener.
The Broncos, a Division I independent with four junior college
transfers in the starting lineup, made it interesting early but
were eventually overwhelmed by Iowa's superior size and talent.
The Hawkeyes outscored the Broncos 35-23 in the second half,
using a 17-2 run to put the game away.
Texas-Pan American (5-2) got as close as 30-28 before Iowa
asserted itself. Smith followed a Seth Gorney basket with two quick
scores in the paint, and Johnson buried a 3-pointer to put the
Hawkeyes ahead 43-30.
Gorney and Freeman added scores to push Iowa's lead to 17.
Texas-Pan American answered with seven quick points to get within
47-37, but Freeman's 3-point play put the lead back at 13. The
Broncos didn't get any closer.
Brian Burrell led Texas-Pan American with 16 points.
The Broncos trailed 16-14 midway through the first half before
Freeman stripped Paul Stoll and dished to Adam Haluska for an easy
layup. Johnson followed with a 3, but Texas-Pan American pulled
back within 22-20 with a little over 3 minutes left in the first
Iowa struggled to find its rhythm on both ends of the floor in
the opening 20 minutes, leading 27-23 against a team that beat just
three Division I opponents a year ago. Iowa coach Steve Alford was
far from happy about the Hawkeyes' play, slamming a clipboard to
the floor following a 3-pointer from Johnathan Chatman late in the
Haluska, Iowa's leading scorer this season, had just eight
points on 2-of-10 shooting. Iowa came two points away from matching
its season low of 60.