Drake 60

(6-4, 1-2 away)

(25) Iowa 65

(9-3, 8-0 home)

    8:05 PM ET, December 20, 2005

    Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa

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    DRKE 25 3560
    #25IOWA 29 3665

    Top Performers

    Drake: A. Keita 15 Pts, 7 Reb

    Iowa: M. Henderson 12 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Iowa 65, Drake 60

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- After Adam Haluska missed eight of his first nine 3-point attempts, Iowa coach Steve Alford sensed his best perimeter threat had become gun shy. But Drake was suffocating the Hawkeyes with its zone, and Iowa needed someone to break the game open from beyond the arc.

    Alford let all of Carver-Hawkeye Arena know who he thought that man should be -- and Haluska got the message.

    Haluska hit two 3-pointers in the final 1:37 and No. 25 Iowa survived a late scare from Drake before beating the Bulldogs for the 27th straight time, 65-60, Tuesday night.

    "I think the whole arena heard me tell him, 'Shoot the ball," Alford said. "I told him, 'You're a shotmaker. Don't worry about taking shots. Shotmakers keep shooting."

    Greg Brunner had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Iowa (9-3), which won its second straight without injured point guard Jeff Horner and improved to 11-0 against Drake at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

    The in-state rival Bulldogs (6-4) haven't beaten Iowa in Iowa City since 1967.

    The Hawkeyes led by as many as nine points early in the second half, only to see their lead evaporate. Haluska, who scored 11 points, gave the Hawkeyes a 60-58 lead on a 3-pointer from the right corner with 1:37 left.

    Aliou Keita tied the game at 60 on Drake's next possession, but the Bulldogs left Haluska wide open in the left corner, and he buried another 3 to put the Hawkeyes ahead for good.

    "That helps having a coach who has a lot of confidence in you. They weren't going in earlier, but they went in when it counted," Haluska said.

    Brunner and Doug Thomas each made one free throw in the final 10 seconds.

    The win helped the Hawkeyes avoid a dubious distinction. With a loss, the Hawkeyes would have been the first team in school history to lose to Iowa's other three Division I teams -- Northern Iowa, Iowa State and Drake -- in the same season.

    "We knew we were 0-2 against in-state teams. Brunner said if we lose this game, we're going to be the worst team in the state," Thomas said. "I was like, 'Don't even think about it like that, just go out and play our game."

    Iowa led 39-31 when Drake went on an 8-2 run then took its first lead of the second half, 48-47, on a jumper by Brent Hemmskerk with 7:40 left.

    The lead changed hands eight times after that, and the Bulldogs held their biggest lead, 58-55, with 3:12 left.

    Drake scored on five of its first six possessions to take an 11-2 lead. With a sparse crowd getting restless, Iowa responded with a 16-3 run. The Hawkeyes led 29-25 at halftime.

    "I thought we got a little intimidated. It was a much more physical game than what we've been getting, much more contact allowed," Drake coach Tom Davis said.

    Keita led the Bulldogs with 15 points, while Chaun Brooks added 13 and Chris Bryant 11.

    Mike Henderson scored 12 points for Iowa and Thomas added 11 points and eight rebounds.

    The game was the second trip back to Carver-Hawkeye for Davis, who won a school-record 269 games and made nine NCAA tournament appearances while coaching Iowa from 1986-99.

    The crowd gave Davis a rousing ovation during pregame introductions.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 60 65
    FG Made-Attempted 23-62 (.371) 23-54 (.426)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-15 (.400) 6-23 (.261)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-10 (.800) 13-18 (.722)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 9 9

    2005-06 Season

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