If Adam Haluska wasn't making them, his Iowa teammates were tracking them down.
Haluska scored 23 of his game-high 33 in the second half and Iowa pummeled No. 25 Indiana on the boards 42-25 on its way to an 81-75 win over the Hoosiers in Iowa City.
The loss was just Indiana's second in its last nine games, dropping it to 16-6 overall and 6-3 in the Big Ten. Iowa, meanwhile, won its second straight and improved to 13-10 and 5-4 in conference play.
Saturday's encounter at Carver-Hawkeye Arena stood in stark contrast to the teams' first meeting 2 ½ weeks ago in Bloomington, a game IU won handily, 71-64. Haluska struggled in the early going in that one, missing eight of his first nine shots, and Iowa found itself in a 20-point hole midway through the second half.
But the Big Ten's leading scorer dominated throughout this time around. Haluska was 9-of-17 from the floor, including five 3-pointers, and carried Iowa to its ninth win in its last 10 home games against ranked foes.
Indiana's D.J. White, meanwhile, went from dominant to docile. White had 23 points and 12 rebounds in Bloomington, but Iowa double teamed him this time out. That, coupled with some significant foul trouble, limited White to just six points and four shots in 26 minutes.
But the biggest issue for the Hoosiers was its effort on the boards. Iowa managed to overcome 12 first-half points from Rod Wilmont and 13 more from A.J. Ratliff and go into halftime tied 37-37 thanks to a 23-10 edge on the glass. That trend continued in the second half, with Iowa eventually whipping the Hoosiers 15-6 in offensive rebounds as well.
"I'm disappointed with our effort on the boards," IU Coach Kelvin Sampson said. "We didn't compete on the boards today. That was the story of the game."
Ratliff led the Hoosiers with five rebounds, while starting frontliners White and Lance Stemler corralled only three apiece. Iowa's starting frontline of Kurt Looby, Cyrus Tate and Tyler Smith, meanwhile, combined for 20 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end.
The Hoosiers inability to hold their own on the glass spoiled another good shooting afternoon for the squad. Wilmont finished with 24 – including six 3-pointers – while Earl Calloway added 16 and Ratliff 15, and the Hoosiers shot 48 percent (25-of-52) from the floor and 8-of-20 from behind the 3-point arc.
Iowa wrestled control of the back-and-forth game away midway through the second half. After a Mike White free-throw cut Iowa's lead to 56-54 with 7:19 left, Haluska got loose for a 3-pointer to push the lead back to five. Armon Bassett turned it over at the other end, and Haluska pulled down an offensive rebound and fed Tate for a layup to put Iowa up seven.
Indiana did eventually manage to inch within three, 69-66, following a pair of Calloway free throws at the 1:23 mark, but Wilmont was whistled for a foul on the ensuing in-bounds play, and Mike Henderson extended the lead back to five with two free throws.
The Hawkeyes would hit their next 10 from the free-throw line as well to keep the Hoosiers at bay and secure the win.
It was a disappointing effort the Hoosiers just three days after upending No. 2 Wisconsin in Bloomington. Now, the Hoosiers have a week to get ready for Illinois, which comes to Bloomington Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest.
"We're a lot better than this," Sampson said. "Give Iowa credit – I don't think they missed a free throw down the stretch."
Stemler 1-5 0-0 1, D. White 2-4 2-2 6, Bassett 0-3 2-3 2, Wilmont 9-19 0-2 24, Calloway 5-7 6-6 16, Suhr 0-0 2-2 2, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, M. White 2-4 1-2 5, Shaw 1-1 1-1 3, Keeling 0-0 0-2 0, Ratliff 5-9 3-3 16. Totals 25-52 17-23 75.
Smith 4-9 10-10 18, Tate 2-4 2-3 6, Looby 1-2 0-0 2, Haluska 9-17 10-11 33, Freeman 1-6 2-2 4, Johnson 2-4 2-3 8, Henderson 0-8 4-6 4, Angle 0-0 0-0 0, Gorney 2-2 2-2 6. Totals 21-52 32-37 81.
3-Pointers: Indiana 8-20 (Wilmont 6-12, Ratliff 2-5, Stemler 0-3), Iowa 7-20 (Haluska 5-11, Johnson 2-4, Freeman 0-3, Smith 0-1, Henderson 0-1). Rebounds: Indiana 25 (Ratliff 5), Iowa 42 (Smith 9). Assists: Indiana 17 (Calloway 5, Bassett 5), Iowa 15 (Smith 7). Turnovers: Indiana 15 (Calloway 5), Iowa 19 (Smith 6). Blocks: Indiana 2 (D. White, Bassett), Iowa 2 (Looby 2). Steals: Indiana 7 (Bassett 2), Iowa 7 (Smith 2, Haluska 2).