'Streaking' Hawkeyes Top Bucks

<p>The last time Iowa had won back to back or better games in the Big Ten conference was January of 2003. Iowa put a stop to that up and down streak, winning its second straight league game, 78-67 at Columbus. It marked just the fifth time in the nearly five years of the Steve Alford era that Iowa has won back to back or better games in league play. And this was one of the best executed games of the season for the ‘streaking' Hawkeyes.

Brody Boyd led the way with a career best 25 points, including six of nine shooting from downtown. Pierre Pierce added 19 points and Jeff Horner and Glen Worley added 12 apiece. Worley had 10 rebounds and Horner had seven assists. Pierce played all 40 minutes of the contest.

Ohio State had 15 more shots on goal than the Hawkeyes, and many of those extra attempts came from offensive rebounds. OSU had 14 to Iowa's four. But the Hawkeyes did a good job of taking care of the basketball in this game, committing ‘just' 12 turnovers to Ohio State's 16. Iowa was able to turn several OSU gaffe's into points, scoring 22 points off of Buckeye turnovers compared to just 11 for Ohio State.

Though the Hawkeyes were out manned under the glass, their guards did a great job of disrupting the OSU attack all night long.

Boyd finished the game with three steals, adding to his league leading total. Pierce also had three steals, and Horner had two.

Sophomore center Erek Hansen continues to impress, collecting two blocks in 12 minutes.

WRITER'S NOTE: Hansen is getting the short end of the stick on his block totals. He had at least four blocks in this game and six against Michigan. He is playing much better than his stats would indicate.

Hansen runs the floor like a deer, and Iowa guard Jeff Horner found him early in the second half on a alley-oop that Hansen finished with a dunk. Hansen brings that element to the Iowa attack, something they have been sorely lacking in recent seasons.

For the game, the Hawkeyes shot .563 from the floor compared to .428 for the Buckeyes.

Iowa was 9 of 15 from three while Ohio State was just 5 of 20.

With the win, the Hawkeyes took over sole possession of 4th place in the Big Ten with a mark of 7-5. Indiana and Purdue both lost, dropping them to 6-6.

Iowa now has a week off to rest and prepare for the Fighting Illini of Illinois.

Steve Alford matched his career best seven league wins on the night and is nearly assured of finally getting to at least the .500 mark in league play for the first time in his Iowa career.

The win also matched an Alford best three Big Ten road wins in a season.

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