Hot Hawkeyes Start Fast, Cruise to Win

<p>Playing without center Sean Sonderleiter for the first game since he left the Iowa Men's Basketball team, the Hawkeyes came out on fire from three-point range against Penn State and ultimately beat the Nittany Lions 77-68 in Iowa City.

Playing without center Sean Sonderleiter for the first game since he left the Iowa Men's Basketball team, the Hawkeyes came out on fire from three-point range against Penn State and ultimately beat the Nittany Lions 77-68 in Iowa City.

With the win, the Hawkeyes moved to 11-7 on the season and 4-3 in Big Ten play. They pulled into a fourth place tie with Illinois and Penn State

Iowa made 10 of 14 treys in the first half, with Jeff Horner and Brody Boyd making three apiece and Glen Worley and Pierre Pierce hitting two each.

Iowa made 17 of its 24 first half field goal attempts, while Penn State's shooting was as cold as the air outside of Carver Hawkeye Arena, making just nine of 37 first half attempts.

For the game, Iowa made 55-percent of its shots (27-49) and Penn State made just 33-percent of its shots, taking a remarkable 72 attempts yet making just 24 of them.

The Hawkeyes were 14-23 from three for the game, or 60.9-percent, while PSU was just 5 of 24.

Iowa had nine turnovers in each half, but they did have 21 assists on the game.

Penn State held a small edge on the boards, 43-40, but they totally dominated the offensive glass as they hauled down 21 rebounds.

Already playing without Jared Reiner and now without Sonderleiter, Iowa is going to have to work on ways to improve that area of their game the rest of the year in the Big Ten. Coaches do not like giving up 10 offensive rebounds in a game, much less 21.

7-foot swing man Jan Jagla hit just 5 of 17 field goals and was unable to utilized his height advantage as the 6-3 Pierce was guarding him for much of the night.

Jeff Horner led Iowa with 20 points on a near perfect evening. He was six of six from three, seven of eight from the floor overall, he dished out eight assists to just two turnovers; he had five boards and two steals while playing 36 minutes.

Pierce was also effective for Iowa, with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists to just two turnovers.

Glen Worley had 14 points for Iowa in 38 minutes while Erek Hansen had career high's with six points and 21 minutes of play. He also grabbed four boards and blocked three shots.

The shorthanded Hawkeyes will once again hit the road for a very difficult two game stretch starting Wednesday at Michigan State and next Saturday at Indiana. The Spartans and Hoosiers are currently one game ahead of Iowa in the league standings at 5-2, good for a tie for second place behind 5-1 Wisconsin.

The Hoosiers have seen a boost to their team as center George Leach has returned from a knee injury. Indiana had significant problems with their inside game while he missed much of the last two months due to the injury.

When the Hoosiers went cold from the outside, they were in big trouble, a scenario that will probably come to bear for Iowa sooner rather than later without Reiner and Sonderleiter.


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