Northwestern 77, Iowa 68


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Vedran Vukusic had 22 points and three
teammates scored in double figures to lead Northwestern to a 77-68
victory over Iowa Saturday.

Mohamed Hachad scored a career-high 18 points, Davor Duvancic
had 14 and T.J. Parker chipped in 11 points to help the Wildcats
(6-7, 1-1 Big Ten) snap a four-game losing streak, the longest in
coach Bill Carmody's four-year career.

The win also ended a seven-game losing streak in Iowa City and
marked Northwestern's first Big Ten road win since 2002.

Iowa (8-4, 1-1) got 23 points from Pierre Pierce and 13 points
and seven rebounds from Jeff Horner.

The Hawkeyes, suffering their first home loss of the season,
were hurt by just 61.5 percent free throw shooting and 21

Pierce's defense helped Iowa hold Jitim Young, the league's
third leading scorer, to eight points, 11 below his season average.

But there were no answers for Vukusic, who 8-of-12 shooting and
4-of-6 on 3-pointers.

With Iowa down by 15 points early in the second half, Horner hit
a 3-pointer at 18:03 to end a 17-1 Northwestern run that began with
five minutes left in the first half.

Pierce nailed another 3-pointer on Iowa's next possession and
Greg Brunner cut the lead to five one minute later when he scored
on a fast break.

But Vukusic slowed the Iowa spurt by hitting a 3-pointer to
start a 17-5 Wildcat run over the next five minutes, putting the
game out of reach.

Northwestern led much of the first half, thanks to 53 percent
shooting and 12 points from Vukusic.

The Hawkeyes grabbed their first lead when Glen Worley scored
down low to put Iowa up 24-22 with 7:31 remaining in the first

After five lead changes, the Wildcats rallied, outscoring Iowa
11-1 to take a 38-29 lead into halftime.