Hawkeyes trump Spartans in Big-Ten brawl
=== Hawkeyes trump Spartans in Big-Ten brawl ===
Iowa City, IA (Sports Network) – Greg Brunner paced a balanced Iowa attack
with 15 points and 10 rebounds as the 18th-ranked Hawkeyes bested No. 16
Michigan State, 66-54, in a battle of Big Ten heavyweights at Carver-Hawkeye
Jeff Horner also added 15 and dished out six assists for Iowa (20-6, 9-3 Big
Ten), which won for the sixth time in its past seven outings and remained
perfect at home. Erek Hansen chipped in with 13 points while Adam Haluska
recorded 11 in the win.
Paul Davis tallied 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans (18-7, 6-5), who
lost their second straight game. Shannon Brown added 12 points and eight
boards while Drew Neitzel had 11 in the loss.
There isn’t a more talented team in the Big Ten than the Spartans, but they
have struggled to find consistency, especially on the road. Their road woes
continued in the second half against Iowa.
After Brown’s jumper deadlocked the game at 34-34 with just over 17 minutes
remaining, the Hawkeyes slowly started to pull away.
Over the next several minutes, the two teams continued to trade blows and
Michigan State found themselves down by just two, 45-43, before a quick 8-0
Iowa flurry gave the Hawkeyes some breathing room.
Horner made consecutive three-pointers and Haluska got loose for a layup to
cap the burst and give Iowa a double-digit cushion, 53-43, with under 10
The Spartans tried to get back into it with consecutive buckets from Brown and
Matt Trannon to make it 53-47 with about 8 1/2 minutes left.
But Iowa answered strongly and rattled off 12 of the game’s next 15 points to
put the game away. Brunner’s triple capped the burst to give the Hawkeyes a
commanding 65-50 edge with under three minutes to go.
Michigan State never seriously threatened again.
The Hawkeyes took a slim 30-26 advantage into intermission. Brunner paced
Iowa with eight points at the half while Davis had 12 for Michigan State.
Iowa is 15-0 at home this season while MSU is 3-6 on the road…Michigan State
leads the all-time series, 57-48.