After struggling for most of the night Iowa’s Adam Haluska sank a pair of three pointers in the waning moments as the Iowa Hawkeyes rallied for a 65-60 victory over the Drake Bulldogs in Iowa City. Haluska says he couldn’t buy a basket to start, but says his coach told him to keep shooting. He says his teammates did a great job to get him open and everything worked out.
Haluska says it was good to win a game that went to the wire. He says it’s great preparation for the Big Ten Conference. Without injured guard Jeff Horner Iowa coach Steve Alford was concerned about Drake’s pressure defense but the Hawks made enough plays to get the win. Alford says they had to face several different traps and all kids of pressure, but he says Mike Henderson was terrific.
Henderson finished with 12 points and eight rebounds as the Hawkeyes improve to 9-3 after a hard fought win. Alford says his team felt the pressure of not giving up the first win in 26 games against Drake and they responded.
The Bulldogs were looking for their first victory in the series since 1979 and they have not won in Iowa City since 1967. Drake coach Tom Davis says they gave Iowa their best shot and couldn’t get over the hump at the end. Davis says they had a defensive breakdown Haluska’s three pointers and to his credit he knocked them down.
Drake falls to 6-4.