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