(18) Iowa 59

(3-1, 1-1 away)

(2) Texas 68

(4-0, 4-0 home)

10:00 PM ET, November 22, 2005

Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

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#18IOWA 31 2859
#2TEX 24 4468

Top Performers

Iowa: A. Haluska 23 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast

Texas: L. Aldridge 18 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Stl, 3 Blk

Aldridge's double-double helps put Hawkeyes in trouble

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Texas is proud of its No. 2 ranking and had no intention of tossing it away with a bad first half in the title game of the Guardians Classic.

So the Longhorns turned everything around starting from about the 12-minute mark and rolled to a 68-59 victory over Iowa (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP).

"I think we understood the importance of the game," said point guard Daniel Gibson, who had 16 points. "I think we understood that every night we come out to play, we come out to win. We knew that wasn't one of our better halves, so we took that as motivation."

LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out as the Longhorns erased a 7-point halftime deficit.

Iowa (3-1) took a 47-39 lead on Carlton Reed's basket with 12 minutes left and then Aldridge picked up his third foul, making things look even bleaker for the Longhorns (4-0).

But the 6-foot-10 Aldridge got a quick basket and Texas went on a 13-4 run and took a 52-51 lead on a 3-pointer by Brad Buckman.

It was the first lead for Texas since 19-17 and quieted the solidly pro-Iowa crowd that had been chanting, "Let's go, Hawks, let's go Hawks."

"I told our guys that if we're going to be a good team, we've got to find a way to win when we're not playing well," said Texas coach Rick Barnes. "We did that tonight."

Buckman rebounded an Iowa miss and Kenton Paulino scored for the Longhorns to extend the lead to three.

Jeff Horner's basket put Iowa briefly back on top 55-54 before Aldridge got a huge dunk off a fast break and then added a follow shot and Buckman completed a three-point play.

Iowa shot just 10-for-33 in the second half.

"The second half, we just couldn't make a shot," said coach Steve Alford. "And you've got to give credit to their defense. But you can't shoot 30 percent. We fouled too much the second half."

Aldridge fouled out and Greg Brunner made one free throw to cut the Texas lead to 61-56 with 1:50 left.

Adam Haluska had 15 points at halftime for Iowa and finished with 23, one shy of his career-high.

"We just let our guard down a little bit," said Haluska. "We can't let a zone dictate how we play. I thought we came out in the first half and defended well."

Doug Thomas came off the bench and was 6-for-6 for 12 points for the Hawkeyes

The experienced Hawkeyes, who returned five starters and 11 lettermen from last year's 21-12 team, led by as many as nine in the first half before settling for a seven-point halftime advantage, 31-24.

Aldridge, who had 15 points and 14 rebounds in the 76-75 semifinal victory over No. 13 West Virginia and blocked the potential winning shot, was named the tournament's MVP.

The Longhorns, who outrebounded their first three opponents 90-48, were outrebounded 22-12 in the first half by the shorter Hawkeyes and wound up on the short end of a 41-31 rebound total.

"We did a great job on the boards," said Alford. "It's encouraging to see we outrebounded them. We're going to take some positives out of this."

Iowa missed 19 of 24 3-point attempts.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 59 68
FG Made-Attempted 22-65 (.338) 23-55 (.418)
3P Made-Attempted 5-25 (.200) 6-16 (.375)
FT Made-Attempted 10-15 (.667) 16-20 (.800)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
Largest Lead 9 9

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