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Iowa 73, Robert Morris 51

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- It's been a rough two weeks for Iowa
without injured point guard Jeff Horner. But the Hawkeyes are 3-1
without their floor leader thanks to a defense that has become the
team's trademark.

Adam Haluska scored 18 points and Greg Brunner notched his fifth
straight double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead No.
25 Iowa to a 73-51 victory over Robert Morris on Thursday night,
the Hawkeyes' third straight win.

Iowa (10-3) held an opponent under 60 points for the eighth time
this season and never trailed en route to its 23rd straight
nonconference home win.

"I appreciate their effort again defensively," Iowa coach
Steve Alford said. "It was another game where I thought we
controlled things defensively."

After the game Alford said he expects Horner, who has been out
with a knee injury, to return for the Dec. 30 game against Saint
Louis.

"I'm not a doctor, but all indications are he'll be back for
the that game," Alford said. "To go 3-1 during a stretch and have
our quarterback out, I'm very appreciative of their efforts."

The Hawkeyes lost Horner, who is averaging 6.6 assists, late in
the second half against Northern Iowa with a partially torn
ligament in his left knee. The Hawkeyes went on to lose that game
in overtime, and were beaten by Iowa State three nights later.

But Iowa has allowed only 52 points a game since then, which has
helped overcome an offense that has struggled to gel minus Horner's
leadership.

Freshman Tony Freeman, Horner's replacement, had 19 turnovers
and 17 assists in the last four games.

"I think we appreciate him a lot more, but I also think it was
a good thing for Tony," Haluska said. "We look forward to having
him back."

Tony Lee had 15 points for Robert Morris (4-5), while Jeremy
Chappell added 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Any hope the undersized Colonials had for an upset were put to
rest when Iowa spanned halftime with a 16-0 run.

Up by 19 points at halftime, Iowa attacked Robert Morris'
interior for easy post baskets by Brunner and Erek Hansen in the
first 57 seconds of the first half and pushed its lead to 45-22.

The Colonials made a brief surge to get within 47-31 before
consecutive dunks by Doug Thomas gave the Hawkeyes a 58-37 lead
with 9:18 left.

Robert Morris never got within than 17 points after that.

The Colonials were outrebounded 46-36 and shot 31 percent from
the field. Forward A.J. Coleman, their leader with 16 points and
10.9 rebounds a game entering play, scored just two points and had
five rebounds.

"A.J. Coleman, at our level of Division I, is a force. Today he
couldn't get lunch because of their size," Robert Morris coach
Mark Schmidt said.

The Colonials, who didn't start a player over 6-foot-6, got
within 29-22 with 4:23 left on a 3-pointer by Chappell. But Iowa
closed the half on a 12-0 run to take the 19-point lead.

Brunner scored on consecutive possessions, Haluska and Freeman
followed with 3-pointers and Mike Henderson cleaned up a botched
alley-oop for a basket with 57 seconds left to give the Hawkeyes a
41-22 lead.

Thomas had 10 points for Iowa, which scored 13 points off nine
Robert Morris turnovers in the first half and was 5-of-10 from
3-point range.