(24) NC State 42

(5-1, 1-1 away)

(14) Iowa 45

(5-1, 4-0 home)

9:30 PM ET, November 30, 2005

Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa

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#24NCST 22 2042
#14IOWA 25 2045

Top Performers

NC State: C. Simmons 13 Pts, 13 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 8 Blk

Iowa: A. Haluska 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

Iowa holds off N.C. State in sloppy affair

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- An awful shooting night and a season-high in turnovers weren't enough to spoil Iowa's victory over North Carolina State.

The Hawkeyes (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) shot a season-low 30 percent, had 19 turnovers, but held on down the stretch to beat North Carolina State (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) 45-42 Wednesday night in the final game of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

"Our offense was absolutely terrible," said Iowa guard Jeff Horner, who had 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting. "It was an ugly win, and sometimes you have to do that. I was just happy the team was able to pull it out in the end."

North Carolina State (5-1) gave the Hawkeyes plenty of chances.

The Wolfpack also recorded season lows for shooting, hitting just 34 percent -- including 50 percent from the free throw line -- and committed a season-high 24 turnovers, which led to 17 Iowa points.

But down by five with 1:17 left, the Wolfpack pulled within three when Andrew Brackman put back his own miss. Iowa failed to score on its ensuing possession, giving North Carolina State a final chance to tie, but Ilian Evtimov's desperation 3-pointer from the baseline bounced off the rim just before the buzzer.

Wolfpack coach Herb Sendek said sound, relentless defense had more to do with dictating the tone of the game than sluggish offense.

"Somebody else who says the milk box is half full will say 'Coach, can you remember a game where two teams dug in, guarded every cut and every screen and every bounce of the ball with the tenacity they did tonight?", Sendek said. "There wasn't anything out there by either team that wasn't challenged."

Adam Haluska led Iowa with 18 points, including consecutive baskets down the stretch.

"The thing I'm pleased about is you can shoot 29 percent, you can turn it over 19 times, and beat a ranked opponent," said Iowa coach Steve Alford. "It was a slugfest by both teams that couldn't make a shot."

Cedric Simmons led the Wolfpack (5-1) with 13 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots. Evtimov added eight points on 3-of-12 shooting.

Both teams struggled shooting the ball early in the second half. Haluska's basket off a drive down the lane at the 14:43 mark was the first field goal after the break.

The Wolfpack, fueled by six points from Simmons, answered quickly with a 12-2 run over the next five minutes to grab a 35-31 lead. But Iowa came back to tie at 35 when Mike Henderson sank a pair of free throws with 7:42 to go, setting off a 10-3 run.

The game opened with plenty of action on both ends of the floor. Iowa quickly opened a 9-2 lead behind Horner's shooting, only to see the Wolfpack come back to tie it at 11 when Brackman sank a free throw at the 10:13.

Simmons helped lead the rally defensively with five blocked shots in the first nine minutes. The pace settled at the midway point as both teams went into extended shooting slumps and bouts of careless ballhandling.

But with 6:35 left in the half, Doug Thomas hit a free throw to tie the game at 16, and the Hawkeyes closed with a 9-6 run to take a 25-22 lead at the break.

"My dad kind of summed it up best when he came into the locker room afterward and said 'They were just three points uglier than we were," Haluska said.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 42 45
FG Made-Attempted 17-50 (.340) 17-57 (.298)
3P Made-Attempted 3-18 (.167) 2-12 (.167)
FT Made-Attempted 5-10 (.500) 9-11 (.818)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
Largest Lead 4 7

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