Wallace’s late three lifts Demons to thrilling upset over Hawkeyes
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Jermaine Wallace netted 10 points and
buried an improbable three-point shot from deep in the left corner with 0.5
seconds remaining to lead Northwestern State to a thrilling 64-63 comeback win
over Iowa in an Atlanta bracket first-round matchup during the 2006 NCAA
Clifton Lee led the 14th-seeded Demons (26-7) with 18 points while Luke Rogers
had 11 points.
Northwestern State will now move on to face the winner of the West Virginia –
Southern Illinois matchup in the second round of the tourney on Sunday.
Adam Haluska netted 20 points to pace the third-seeded Hawkeyes (25-9), who
ended their season with the second-most wins in program history. Greg
Brunner added 16 points and 10 rebounds while Jeff Horner pitched in with 11
points and four assists in the loss.
After an uneven first half in which they dominated early and faded late, Iowa
came out for the final frame with a rabid intensity but had a tough time
shaking the plucky Demons.
Iowa looked good when Brunner started taking over in the low post. The senior
forward’s three-point play with just over 13 minutes left gave the Hawkeyes a
double-digit cushion, 43-33.
Two minutes later Brunner got loose for a lay-in to extend Iowa’s advantage to
The Demons hung in the game, though, and did not fold. After trading buckets
for several minutes, Lee scored seven straight points on an electrifying slam,
a long three from the left wing and a jumper from the right wing to cut Iowa’s
edge to three, 57-54 with 4:28 remaining.
Horner finally halted Lee’s flurry with a jumper of his own. Brunner quickly
followed with 1-of-2 from the charity stripe to make the score 60-54 with just
over three minutes left to play.
Lee continued his hot shooting by connecting on another three, with 2:46
remaining, that cut Iowa’s cushion in half, 60-57.
Tyronn Mitchell then found Jermaine Spencer underneath to draw the Demons to
within one, 60-59, with 1:05 on the clock.
After pressing and failing to secure a steal, Northwestern State fouled Mike
Henderson with just 52 ticks left and the junior guard calmly sunk two from
Twelve seconds later, Rogers made two of his own from the stripe to again make
it a one-point game, 62-61.
This time, the Demons played matchup defense and Iowa got the ball down low to
Brunner, who made an excellent move and was hammered. The burly forward made
just 1-of-2 to set the stage for Wallace’s heroics.
The senior chased down Kerwin Forges’ miss and lofted the jumper over a
pressing defense for the win.
Iowa sprinted out of the blocks with a 18-4 run in the first three minutes of
the game. Haluska highlighted the flurry with a pair of long threes as the
Hawkeyes took control early.
The Demons finally settled down and got back in the game with great defense.
Northwestern State held Iowa scoreless for over nine minutes and used a 14-0
burst to jump right back in the game. Forges capped the run with a beautiful
twisting layup that deadlocked the game at 18 with under four minutes left to
go in the half.
After a pair of Doug Thomas free throws finally stopped the bleeding for Iowa,
Wallace connected on a triple to give the Demons their first lead of the game,
21-20, with 2:42 left in the half.
Iowa rebounded to finish the frame strong and take a 28-24 edge into the
This was the first-ever meeting between Iowa and Northwestern
State…Northwestern State is 2-1 in the NCAA tourney, Iowa is 27-24… The
Demons were making just their second NCAA Tournament appearance in their 30-
year Division I history… Iowa had advanced past the first round in 10 of
their previous 11 NCAA appearances.