No. 16 Spartans Fall to No. 18 Hawkeyes
Feb. 14, 2006
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Greg Brunner scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Jeff Horner added 15 points and six assists and No. 18 Iowa picked up its fifth straight win over a ranked opponent, beating No. 16 Michigan State 66-54 Tuesday night.
The Hawkeyes (20-6, 9-3 Big Ten) set a school record with their 16th consecutive win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and are now a full game ahead of Ohio State in the Big Ten standings.
Horner keyed a 14-4 run that gave Iowa an 11-point lead midway through the second half. He pushed Iowa's lead to five with a 3-pointer, drew a charge on the ensuing possession and then hit two more threes - the last a 25-footer - to help give the Hawkeyes a 58-47 lead with 7:42 left.
The loss was a crushing blow to Michigan State's conference title hopes. The Spartans are now tied for fifth place - 2 1/2 games behind Iowa - with just five games left.
Davis led Michigan State (18-7, 6-5) with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Brown added 12 points and eight boards.
The Spartans committed 18 turnovers, had just nine assists and got one point from their bench.
Michigan State led briefly early in the second half, 37-35, before Iowa took the lead for good with an 8-0 run highlighted by a pair of putbacks from Erek Hansen.
The Hawkeyes rallied from an early seven-point deficit with a 16-4 run and led 30-26 at the break.
Michigan State jumped out to a 15-8 lead by using a swarming defense to create turnovers and kickstart the fast break. The Spartans' opened the game with three straight layups, and Drew Neitzel capped the stretch with a 3-pointer.
Neitzel finished with 11 points.
Doug Thomas pulled tied the game at 15 by catching Horner's pass behind his head for an alley-oop. Horner followed with a 60-foot assist to Brunner, who broke free under the hoop for a slam that gave the Hawkeyes their first lead.
Horner broke the school record for career assists with his 576th assist early in the second half. Andre Woolridge, who played at Iowa from 1995-97, held the old mark.
Hansen scored 13 points and had five rebounds and three blocks. Adam Haluska added 11 points.
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