WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Jeff Horner ditched his knee brace
and found his shot.
The Iowa senior scored a career-high 32 points and set a school
record for career 3-point field goals, leading the 23rd-ranked
Hawkeyes to a 77-68 victory over Purdue on Wednesday night.
"It felt like everything was in balance," said Horner, who
injured his left knee in early December, sat out four games and
wore a brace the past eight weeks.
He missed all eight of his shots from the field in a 67-62
victory over Ohio State on Saturday, then came in the next day for
a workout on his own -- without the brace. He realized he was ready.
"It feels tremendously different. I'm so much faster," he
said. "My leg feels a lot lighter."
Horner hit seven 3-pointers, including six in the second half,
when the Hawkeyes (17-5, 6-2 Big Ten) rallied from an 11-point
deficit and took control in the final six minutes. His seven
3-pointers gave him 230 for his career, breaking the former school
record of 226 set by Chris Kingsbury from 1994-96.
"He's looked like that the last two days in practice," Iowa
coach Steve Alford said.
"Jeff really got in a rhythm. When he gets going, he's hard to
stop. ... He obviously was the difference."
Purdue (7-13, 1-8) led 33-25 at halftime and 36-25 after a
3-pointer by Chris Lutz on the first basket of the second half. The
Boilermakers, trying to snap a four-game losing streak, still had a
46-39 lead before Iowa started its comeback.
A 3-pointer by Mike Henderson gave Iowa its first lead with
11:33 to go, then Henderson stole the ball and scored a fast-break
layup for a 50-46 lead.
The Boilermakers stayed close for the next three minutes before
the Hawkeyes broke the game open with three straight 3-pointers by
Horner and another long-range basket by Adam Haluska for a 65-57
Iowa hit 10-of-20 3-pointers for the game, including 7-of-10 by
"That zone really threw us for a loop," said Matt Kiefer, who
had 17 points for the Boilermakers. "We didn't run our offense
like we should. Then Horner just went off. He was on fire. There's
nothing we could do."
Purdue cut the lead to 69-66 with under two minutes to go, but
Horner hit his seventh 3-pointer, Greg Brunner hit one of two free
throws and Horner added two more foul shots with 37 seconds to go
to put the game out of reach. His 32 points for the game topped his
previous career high of 27 set last year against Texas.
"We felt like we could win, then they had a run," Kiefer said.
"They didn't do anything different (in the second half). They just
stepped up and hit the 3s."
Henderson added 17 points for the Hawkeyes, matching his career
high set last year against Michigan State. Gary Ware also had 17
points each for the Boilermakers.
"We compounded our mistakes," Purdue coach Matt Painter said.
"At times, we simply couldn't pass and catch."
Purdue, which has lost 14 straight games against ranked
opponents since beating Illinois two years ago, came out running
and took the ball to the basket at almost every opportunity in the
first half, usually scoring or drawing fouls against the Hawkeyes.
The first 3-pointer by Horner pulled the Hawkeyes within 17-14,
but Bryant Dillon flew in for a layup for Purdue, then Kiefer
scored and was fouled, hitting the free throw for a 22-14 lead. The
Boilermakers pushed their lead to 33-22 before a steal, fast-break
layup and free throw by Horner made it 33-25 at the half.
Purdue shot 52 percent for the game -- the best by any team
against Iowa this season -- but was hurt by 15 turnovers, 12 of them
steals by the Hawkeyes.