Wednesday , Mar , 01 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

No. 23 Iowa pummels Penn State

Iowa City, IA (Sports Network) – Mike Henderson had 16 points, Erek Hansen
added 15 and 23rd-ranked Iowa put together a stifling defensive performance
to cruise to a 65-38 victory over Penn State in a Big Ten encounter from
Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes (21-8, 10-5 Big Ten) held the Nittany Lions to just 25 percent
shooting to snap a two-game slide and move into a tie with Illinois for second
place in the conference standings with one regular-season game remaining.

In contrast, Henderson made 6-of-7 field-goal attempts and Hansen went 7-of-9
from the floor.

Travis Parker was the lone player in double figures for Penn State (14-13,
6-10), which had won three of four coming into the game. He finished with 13

Both teams had trouble scoring early on, with Iowa holding a 14-12 edge with
under seven minutes left in the first half. The Hawkeyes then reeled off 15
straight points to break the game open.

Hansen did much of the damage, scoring seven points during the game-changing
run. Back-to-back triples by Jeff Horner and Adam Haluska capped the huge
burst and gave Iowa a cozy 29-12 advantage with less than three minutes
remaining before intermission.

Penn State shot a dismal 19 percent (5-of-27) over the opening 20 minutes and
trailed 30-17 at the break. Things didn’t get any better for the Lions in the
second half.

The Hawkeyes scored the first 11 points of the period and built a whopping
41-17 lead after a Haluska trey around 4 1/2 minutes in. Henderson had six
points during the run.

The Nittany Lions didn’t score in the second half until Ben Luber hit a three-
pointer with 13:20 left to play and never got their deficit under 18 points
the rest of the way.

Game Notes

Iowa’s win was its 17th straight at Carver-Hawkeye dating back to last season
and their 16 home wins this year matched a school-record set in 1984-85…The
Hawkeyes have won six straight and 13 of the last 17 meetings between the
schools. Iowa posted an 80-76 road triumph over the Lions in January…The
Hawkeyes outrebounded Penn State 38-27.