Brunner, Horner pace No. 18 Iowa past slumping Indiana
Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) – Greg Brunner scored 19 points and grabbed
eight rebounds to lead the 18th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes to a 70-67 win over the
24th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall.
Jeff Horner netted 17 and Adam Haluska added 13 points and seven boards for
the Hawkeyes (19-6, 8-3 Big Ten), who have won five of their last six games.
Marco Killingsworth had 21 points and 17 rebounds to pace the Hoosiers (13-8,
5-5), who played the contest without head coach Mike Davis (flu). Marshall
Strickland scored 18 points for Indiana, which lost its third straight game.
Killingsworth’s layup with 15:01 narrowed the gap to 44-36, but the Hawkeyes
responded with a 13-5 streak, including five points from Horner and a pair of
layups from Brunner, to give Iowa a 57-41 advantage.
Strickland’s long distance shot began an 18-6 run to get the Hoosiers back in
the game. Killingsworth’s bucket in the paint finished the spurt and pulled
Indiana within 63-59 with 1:07 to play.
The Hawkeyes connected on 9-of-16 at the line in the final two minutes to
breathe life into the Hoosiers’ comeback.
With the score 66-61, Eric Vaden’s trey cut the lead to 66-64. Horner hit 1-
of-2 at the charity stripe to give Iowa a three-point lead, but Killingsworth
was fouled in the paint and hit only one at the line. Haluska hit two free
throws to extend the lead to four, but Earl Calloway’s layup on the other
end kept Indiana within reach.
Haluska went 1-of-2 at the line to give Iowa a 70-67 lead with 5.3 seconds
left, and A.J. Ratliff’s three-point attempt to tie the game rimmed out as
time ran down.
After Strickland’s three-pointer ended a 4 1/2 minute field goal drought, the
Hawkeyes built a 38-30 edge, courtesy of a 10-4 spurt, highlighted by
Brunner’s shot from beyond the arc just before the end of the opening frame.
Iowa opened the game hitting 10 of its first 14 shots, but finished the half
shooting 4-of-15, while Indiana connected on 41 percent of its shots.
The Hawkeyes shot 45 percent from the floor, while the Hoosiers shot 41
percent…Indiana had 23 field goals and committed 17 turnovers leading to 15
Iowa points…Each team grabbed 35 boards…The Hoosiers lead the all-time
series 90-67, but the Hawkeyes have won four straight meetings.