No. 22 Iowa Downs Arizona St., 62-43
Dec. 17, 2005
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Adam Haluska scored 17 points, but it was Iowa's stingy defense that propelled the 22nd-ranked Hawkeyes to a 62-43 victory over Arizona State on Saturday night.
The Hawkeyes' defense harassed and pestered the Sun Devils all night, forcing turnovers, altering shots and holding the Sun Devils to season-lows in points and field goal percentage.
Haluska was 4-of-8 from the field and hit all six free throws to help the Hawkeyes (8-3) snap a two-game losing streak. Greg Brunner had 12 points and 15 rebounds and Mike Henderson added 10 points.
But it was Iowa's defense that set the tone and pace of the game.
The Hawkeyes came into the game with one of the nation's best defenses, yielding just 56.8 points per game and 36.5 percent field goal shooting, fifth-best in the nation.
But the Sun Devils (4-3) struggled to find open shots and take care of the ball against Iowa's physical, man-to-man defense.
Arizona shot 34 percent and made 3-of-13 3-point attempts, despite entering the game averaging 79 points and shooting 47 percent from 3-point range, second-best in the country.
Iowa held the Sun Devils to just 12 points in the first half, a season low and the fewest first-half point total since February 1991 when they scored 11 against Arizona.
A dunk off a missed shot by Doug Thomas with 12:45 left in the game put Iowa up by 17 points and the Hawkeyes seemed in control until the Sun Devils' leading scorers finally found some open shots.
Bryson Krueger hit Arizona State's first 3-pointer of the game at the 11:03 mark, part of a 9-0 run that trimmed Iowa's lead to 42-32 with 10 minutes left.
But the Hawkeyes answered on both ends of the court.
Two possessions later, Carlton Reed made two free throws and Haluska followed with a 3-pointer to put the Hawkeyes in front 47-32 with 8:30 remaining. Moments later, Reed stole a pass and drove the length of the floor for a layup to stretch the lead to 20 and the defense did the rest in the final minutes.
Kevin Kruger led Arizona State with 12 points on 3-of-13 shooting.
Krueger, who was benched for the first 6 minutes for disciplinary reasons, had nine points. Team officials said Krueger was punished for breaking curfew earlier in the week.