DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A.J. Calvin had 21 points and 13
rebounds and Nick Grant added a season-high 19 points as Drake beat
Iowa 75-59 Saturday night to end a 27-game losing streak to its
Chris Bryant went 4-for-5 from 3-point range while scoring 13
points for the Bulldogs (7-2), off to their best start since the
1984-85 season. Aliou Keita contributed 10 points, eight rebounds
and two blocks for Drake.
Adam Haluska's 21 points led Iowa (5-6), off to its worst start
in 32 years. But Haluska shot just 5-for-15 and had only one field
goal in the second half.
A record crowd of 7,268 at the Knapp Center saw Drake beat Iowa
for the first time since a 72-69 victory on Dec. 9, 1978. As the
final seconds ticked away, Grant strutted around the court showing
the crowd his jersey. Students rushed the floor when the buzzer
sounded and surrounded the players.
It also was a satisfying victory for Drake coach Tom Davis, who
coached Iowa for 13 years before being let go after the 1998-99
season. He's in his fourth season at Drake.
Drake took control with a 15-3 run late in the first half and
never let up. The Bulldogs constantly beat their defenders off the
dribble, frustrated the Hawkeyes with their defensive pressure and
outrebounded them 41-23.
Ahead by 10 at the half, Drake broke it open early in the second
half behind some key plays by Grant.
Grant's driving basket and fastbreak layup on a pass from Al
Stewart stretched the lead to 46-32. The lead grew to 51-36 when
Bryant swished a 3-pointer from the right side and Jonathan Cox
scored on a drive.
Iowa drew to 53-45 on the last of Justin Johnson's three
straight 3-pointers but got no closer. Grant converted a
three-point play on a strong move inside to start a 10-0 run that
made it 63-45 and the Hawkeyes never threatened again.
The Bulldogs put an exclamation mark on the victory when Leonard
Houston drove into the lane and dished to Calvin for a rim-shaking,
two-handed dunk, making it 70-51.
Tyler Smith added 16 points for Iowa and Johnson scored 12 on
4-for-5 3-point shooting.
Bryant, who was just 7-for-28 on 3-pointers coming in, went
3-for-3 from long range in the first half, including two during
Drake's big run.
Iowa took a 21-20 lead on consecutive 3-pointers by Haluska and
Johnson, then managed only three free throws over the next 5½
minutes and the Bulldogs capitalized.
Bryant's 3 from the right wing capped an 8-0 run that made it
30-22. After Haluska sank two free throws, Bryant nailed a long 3
from the right of the key and Stewart, the shortest player on the
floor at 5-feet-10, scored off an offensive rebound for a 35-24
Drake led 38-26 before Iowa's Mike Henderson drove the lane for
a bucket just before halftime.