AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa's weakness was exposed in its first game
without injured guard Jeff Horner.
Curtis Stinson scored 20 points, Rahshon Clark added 17 and Jiri
Hubalek finished with 13 points and eight rebounds to lead Iowa
State to a 72-60 victory over Iowa (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today; No. 12 AP) on Friday night, the
Hawkeyes' second loss to an unranked in-state rival in four years.
Iowa State (6-2) has beaten three straight ranked opponents at
home, while Iowa (7-3) lost to the Cyclones for the third time in
"Our goal was to go out there and really attack them," said
Iowa State's Will Blalock. "This [win] is number one right now."
Horner had started 101 of the last 102 games for Iowa, but is
out for up to five weeks after partially tearing the posterior
cruciate ligament in his left knee in the Hawkeyes' 67-63 overtime
loss to Northern Iowa Tuesday.
With Horner out of action, the Cyclones exploited Iowa's
inexperienced backcourt, specifically Horner's replacement,
freshman Tony Freeman. Iowa State forced the Hawkeyes' guards into
13 turnovers and limited them to six assists, while its highly
touted backcourt duo of Stinson and Will Blalock, who scored 11 and
had eight assists, had their way offensively.
Freeman finished with just two assists, against five turnovers,
in 30 minutes.
"This is a very difficult game to all of a sudden break in
guard play, especially with the guards that they have," Iowa coach
Steve Alford said. "We just lost an outstanding player, and two
days later we've got to deal with this. I thought we handled it as
well as our guys are capable of handling it right now."
Iowa's perimeter game, an unexpected sore spot through 10 games,
also struggled. The Hawkeyes shot 2-for-15 from 3-point range.
The Cyclones forced four turnovers in the first 3:23 of the
second half. Stinson and Rahshon Clark made 3-pointers to cap a
13-6 run early in the second half that gave Iowa State a 48-36
Blalock capped a 9-0 run that pushed Iowa State's lead to 61-41
with 6:59 left. Iowa responded with an 8-0 run to pull within 61-49
with 4:47 left, but never got closer than 12 points.
Iowa State's frontcourt, which has struggled all season, put
forth its strongest effort of the season, outscoring the Hawkeyes
36-20 in the paint while holding Iowa's Greg Brunner to just 11.
"Our young guys are starting to understand how hard it is and
how physical it is [in the post]," said Iowa State Wayne Morgan
said. "I thought Jiri Hubalek was spectacular in the first half."
The Cyclones closed out the first half on an 8-1 run for a 35-30
lead. Hubalek followed a 3-pointer by Blalock with a three-point
play to put Iowa State ahead 33-30 with 1:22 left.
A dunk by Clark with 6:17 left in the opening half gave the
Cyclones their first lead, 23-22, since the opening minutes.
The game marked the first appearance in Hilton Coliseum for Adam
Haluska, who transferred from Iowa State to Iowa after his freshman
year following the departure of former coach Larry Eustachy.
Booed every time he touched the ball, Haluska scored 10 of his
team-high 16 points in the first half.
"The coaching staff and players did a great job, I thought, of
settling me down a little bit and telling me not to be so hard on
myself," Haluska said. "I've got enough to worry about. ... I knew
coming in they were going to be loud."
The Hawkeyes' Erek Hansen matched his career high with 14
points, and Greg Brunner added 11 points and 12 rebounds.