Hawks Cruise 71-52 in Keady's Purdue Finale

The Iowa Hawkeyes got exactly what they needed on Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament in Chicago; an easy 71-52 win against the Purdue Boilermakers where they were able to empty their bench well before the end of the game, as the contest was not in doubt midway through the second half. It was the last game at Purdue for their legendary head coach, Gene Keady.

The Hawkeyes led this contest from start to finish as a barrage of three-pointers paced their efforts in the first stanza.

Jeff Horner and Adam Haluska each hit three trey's in the first half and Iowa tied its tournament record with nine three's for the game.

Haluska led Iowa in scoring with 17 points and added five assists while Horner had 16 and a team high eight assists to just one turnover. Both of Iowa's leading scorers played 33 minutes. Mike Henderson matched his career high with 11 points. Greg Brunner had nine points and a team high nine rebounds for the Hawkeyes.

Erek Hansen had his best game in a long time, taking advantage of Purdue's short bench on the interior. He scored seven points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked three shots.

Iowa had 20 assists on 26 baskets, an excellent percentage, as they were selfless with the basketball and were able to get excellent movement.

Purdue was playing without the Big Ten's second leading scorer Carl Landry, who did not play due to a torn ligament in his knee. Purdue led the battle on the glass 39-36, but Iowa forced 16 Boiler turnovers compared to just 11 for the Hawks.

Iowa improved to 20-10 on the season, Alford's second 20-win season at Iowa.

The Hawkeyes will play Michigan State Friday at 5:30p.m. central time.


20 wins used to mean you were a lock for the NCAA tournament. With teams playing more games, that is no longer the case, especially when you are 7-9 in your conference.

Popular opinion says that Iowa has to beat two seed MSU tomorrow if they want to have a shot an at NCAA tournament bid. That is going to be a tough task, as Michigan State might be the most athletic team in the Big Ten.

If Iowa has any chance at beating the Spartans, Alford might have to go against his instincts and play plenty of zone defense, as the Spartans are 10th in the league in shooting the three.

A carry over from Iowa's hot shooting against the Boilermakers wouldn't hurt.

Iowa is 14 of 35 from three-point range in the United Center this year, including their game against Texas Tech back in December.

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