TX-Pan American 46

(5-2, 1-2 away)

Iowa 62

(3-4, 3-1 home)

9:11 PM ET, December 1, 2006

Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa

1 2 T
UTPA 23 2346
IOWA 27 3562

Top Performers

Texas-Pan American: B. Burrell 16 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Stl

Iowa: T. Smith 12 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl

Iowa 62, Texas-Pan American 46

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Justin Johnson scored a career-high 14 points and freshman Tyler Smith added 12 as Iowa beat Texas-Pan American 62-46 Friday to snap a four-game losing streak.

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 half.

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 first half.

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 46 62
FG Made-Attempted 19-45 (.422) 23-49 (.469)
3P Made-Attempted 4-18 (.222) 5-14 (.357)
FT Made-Attempted 4-10 (.400) 11-17 (.647)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
Largest Lead 2 19

2006-07 Season

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