(13) Indiana 60

(12-4, 4-2 Big Ten)

Iowa 73

(15-5, 4-2 Big Ten)

9:00 PM ET, January 24, 2006

Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa

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#13IND 27 3360
IOWA 30 4373

Top Performers

Indiana: R. Vaden 26 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

Iowa: A. Haluska 20 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast

Iowa holds Indiana to 37 percent shooting in rout

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa relied on its trademark defense and some unusually potent offense to bounce back from the worst loss of coach Steve Alford's tenure.

Adam Haluska scored 20 points, Greg Brunner added 17 and the Hawkeyes opened the second half with a 14-0 run in a 73-60 victory over Indiana (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today; No. 13 AP) on Tuesday night.

Iowa, coming off an 85-55 defeat at Michigan State on Saturday that knocked them out of the Top 25, responded with perhaps its best overall game of the season and improved to 3-0 at home against Top 25 teams.

The Hawkeyes held Indiana, which came into the game second in the nation in field goal percentage at 51.6, to 37 percent shooting.

Iowa's lagging offense came to life as well, as the Hawkeyes shot 69 percent in the second half.

"They've got great resolve and resiliency. They know how to respond after a tough setback," Alford said of his team. "This was a big game for us in a lot of ways."

Whether Indiana felt the same way was another matter. The Hawkeyes (15-5, 4-2 Big Ten) held Indiana to its lowest point total of the season, and guard A.J. Ratliff said that many of the Hoosiers didn't approach the game -- which knocked Indiana out of first place in the Big Ten -- with the mind-set that helped them to won eight of nine games coming in.

"A lot of guys took this game as just another game. We didn't go with a first-place effort," Ratliff said. "A lot of guys took tonight off."

Robert Vaden was 8-for-12 from 3-point range and had a career-high 26 points for the Hoosiers (12-4, 4-2), who played without guard Marshall Strickland because of a knee injury. Marco Killingsworth had 10 points and six rebounds for Indiana.

Indiana's previous low was 62 points, which it tallied in each of its last two games.

Jeff Horner scored 13 points for Iowa and Erek Hansen added 11.

Strickland, the team's third leading scorer at 12.3 points per game, was held out as a precaution after hurting his right knee Saturday against Purdue. The injury is not thought to be serious.

Vaden hit two 3-pointers in a span of 8 seconds to make it 64-57 with 1:26 left. The Hawkeyes iced the game with nine free throws.

Indiana cut a 44-27 deficit to eight points midway through the second half. But Horner hit a 3-pointer for Iowa, and Indiana coach Mike Davis -- frustrated all night with the officials -- was charged with a technical foul on the Hoosiers' next trip down court.

Davis refused to address the technical, but did say that he didn't curse at the officials.

"They did everything they needed to do to win the basketball game tonight," Davis said of Iowa. "You have to take your hat off to them because of their effort and their attitude. They could have walked in here and listened to what people said about them losing by 30 to Michigan State."

Mike Henderson started Iowa's decisive run with two baskets, and Horner followed a block by Hansen with a 3-pointer to put the Hawkeyes ahead 39-27. Haluska then made a tough layup, and Brunner capped the stretch with a 3 that gave Iowa a 17-point lead with 15:40 left.

"We were getting on each other because the last couple games we've been dogging it," Hansen said of the Hawkeyes' recent second-half play. "We tried coming out and getting into each other a little bit."

The Hawkeyes never trailed in the first half, but the Hoosiers rallied to close within 30-27 at halftime. Led by two 3-pointers by Vaden, Indiana outscored the Hawkeyes 11-4 over the final 4:13 of the half.

Iowa scored the game's first seven points, and led by as much as 26-16 following a 3-pointer by Haluska.

"Our defense was there tonight, and it wasn't there against Michigan State," Haluska said. "I think we've got to credit the defense once again."

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 60 73
FG Made-Attempted 22-60 (.367) 23-45 (.511)
3P Made-Attempted 13-31 (.419) 4-15 (.267)
FT Made-Attempted 3-8 (.375) 23-30 (.767)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
Largest Lead 0 17

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