Vukusic leads Northwestern over No. 18 Iowa
Evanston, IL (Sports Network) – Vedran Vukusic netted a game-high 26 points,
hitting 5-of-9 from beyond the arc, to give Northwestern a 51-48 victory over
18th-ranked Iowa at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Tim Doyle added eight points for the Wildcats (11-10, 4-6 Big Ten), who broke
a two-game losing streak and won for only the second time in the last eight
Greg Brunner poured in 13 points on just 2-of-11 shooting from the floor for
the Hawkeyes (18-6, 7-3), who saw their four-game winning streak come to a
halt. As a team Iowa struggled with its shooting, finishing the game with a 35
percent field goal percentage (17-of-39).
Jeff Horner added 10 points in defeat while Adam Haluska had nine, scoring
only two points in the second half.
Trailing for most of the contest, the Wildcats went on a 9-2 surge to pull
within one point at 44-43 after Vukusic capped the run with a three-pointer
with 2:51 left in the game.
On the following possession, Mohamed Hachad fouled Horner on a three-point
attempt, giving the guard three shots at the charity stripe. Horner sunk them
all to push the Hawkeyes up by four at 47-43. Evan Seacat responded with a
trey, to once again pull Northwestern to within one.
With 50 seconds left in the game, Brunner was fouled and went 1-for-2 from the
line for a 48-46 advantage. After a Wildcat timeout, Vukusic drove to the net,
converted the layup and was fouled by Brunner. Vukusic hit the free throw to
complete the three-point play and give Northwestern its first lead since the
early stages of the first half at 49-48 with only 29 ticks left.
Haluska then missed a jump shot with 13 seconds left and Michael Jenkins
pulled down the rebound. Horner then fouled Vukusic, and he sealed it with two
free throws late.
In a low-scoring first half, Iowa took a 22-18 lead into the break.
Both teams shot poorly from the floor after the opening 20 minutes. Iowa held
a 35 percent field goal percentage while Northwestern shot 30 percent.
Northwestern improved to 6-4 at home this season…The Wildcats were 9-for-20
from the three-point line…Iowa dropped to 3-5 on the road this season…The
Hawkeyes still own a commanding 103-51 advantage in the all-time series…Both
teams committed 17 turnovers.