Minnesota 49

(7-10, 1-2 Big Ten)

Iowa 60

(10-7, 2-1 Big Ten)

    4:37 PM ET, January 13, 2007

    Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa

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    MINN 16 3349
    IOWA 22 3860

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: D. Coleman 19 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk

    Iowa: A. Haluska 22 Pts, 4 Reb

    Iowa 60, Minnesota 49

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- An emphasis in practice on being strong foul shooters paid off for Iowa Saturday as the Hawkeyes went 11-of-12 down the stretch to beat Minnesota 60-49.

    Coach Steve Alford said he and his players have set their sites high this season when it comes to free throws.

    "We have a lofty goal of shooting 80 percent," Alford said after his team finished at 81.5 percent from the line. "That bodes well for us if we can have leads late in the game."

    Both teams were cold in the first half, which ended with Iowa leading just 22-16, but they finally began to find the basket after the break.

    Adam Haluska, who led all scorers with 22 points, scored 10 of Iowa's first 15 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer and baskets on two drives from the top of the key.

    His scoring burst then ended when he missed two 3-point shots, a lay-in and several other shots, failing to score again until less than a minute left to play when he made three of four free-throws.

    Haluska attributed his drop in point production to the Minnesota defense and the need for Iowa to find another consistent scoring threat.

    "The focus was on me for a while," the senior said. "When they start focusing on Tyler (Smith) and me, because we score most of the points, it really opens things up for a lot of the other guys."

    The freshman Smith had 15 points, but no other Iowa player scored in double digits. Sophomore Tony Freeman and senior Mike Henderson contributed 7 apiece.

    Iowa led by 10 points twice in the second half, but each time the Gophers bounced back.

    Iowa (10-7, 2-1 Big Ten) was ahead 45-35 with 7:30 left to play when Minnesota's Dan Coleman was credited with two points after Iowa's Kurt Looby was called for goal tending.

    Lawrence McKenzie then hit a 3-pointer to bring the Gophers within five. But Minnesota (7-10, 1-2) would get no closer.

    Iowa regained a nine-point lead when Freeman hit two foul shots with 4:13 remaining. Iowa went on to sink 11-of-12 from the line to seal the win.

    Coleman led the Gophers with 19 points, including 15 in the second half, but the junior scored only once down the stretch after getting the basket on the goal tending call. McKenzie, also a junior, finished with 17 for Minnesota.

    Coach Jim Molinari said the Gophers were hampered by the loss of their 6-9 junior center, Spencer Tollackson, who will miss at least three weeks after breaking his left hand in a loss to No. 3 Wisconsin last week.

    "If you're going to have a chance to win here, you have to get to the basket," Molinari said. "We did get inside, but we had a hard time finishing."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 49 60
    FG Made-Attempted 20-59 (.339) 18-53 (.340)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-17 (.235) 2-17 (.118)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-7 (.714) 22-27 (.815)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 11

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