Hawkeyes drub Ohio State

By JOHN BOHNENKAMP
Associated Press
IOWA CITY — Iowa used just two players off its bench in Thursday’s 85-76 win over No. 25 Ohio State.
Those two players, coach Fran McCaffery said, made the difference in the game.
Luka Garza scored 24 points, and the 20th-ranked Hawkeyes got strong contributions from reserve guard Bakari Evelyn and forward Cordell Pemsl in securing their ninth win in the last 12 games.
Evelyn, a graduate transfer from Valparaiso, matched his season high with 15 points. Pemsl had nine points, one off his season high, and matched his season high with eight rebounds.
“Cordell and Bakari were phenomenal tonight,” McCaffery said. “No way we win without them.”
“The guys that haven’t really done that a whole lot stepped up and made shots for them,” said Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann.
The Hawkeyes, who didn’t have injured guard CJ Fredrick for the second consecutive game, got production from their starting lineup — Joe Wieskamp had 13 points and Ryan Kriener added 12 before fouling out.
But with a shortened rotation, they needed production from Evelyn and Pemsl. Four games ago, in a win over Illinois, Iowa had zero bench points.
“I think those guys were forced to step up and hit big shots,” Garza said. “It forced guys to be aggressive.”
“I think every game is a new game,” Evelyn said. “Every game has a new flow. I think I was in the flow of the game tonight.”
Pemsl said he knew he could do it.
“It’s not like I lost it,” said Pemsl, a fourth-year junior who was suspended for last week’s loss at Indiana after being arrested for driving with a revoked license. “It’s just confidence, it’s all mental.”
Garza, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, was dominant again.
It was his 12th consecutive game of 20 points or more in Big Ten play, the longest streak for an Iowa player in 49 seasons and the most by any conference player in the last 20 years.
“He’s a hard matchup,” Holtmann said. “He’s got the ability to really score and play inside.”
The Hawkeyes (19-8, 10-6 Big Ten) opened the game with a 27-8 run in the first 10 minutes. Ohio State (17-9, 7-8) closed to within 43-35 with 41 seconds left in the first half, and was within nine points on three occasions early in the second half before Iowa went on an 18-8 run to lead 69-50 with 6:43 to play.
“We could never climb back after the first five minutes,” Holtmann said.
Freshman E.J. Liddell led Ohio State with a season-high 17 points. Duane Washington Jr., had 15 points. C.J. Walker had 11. Kaleb Wesson had 10 points before fouling out.
FREDRICK OUT
Fredrick missed his second consecutive game because of a right ankle injury.
Fredrick, who has 22 starts this season, is averaging 10.7 points per game and is second on the team with 42 3-pointers. He missed two games earlier this season with a stress reaction in his left foot.
BIG PICTURE
Ohio State: The Buckeyes, who had won five of their last six games, lost a little momentum heading into Sunday’s game with Big Ten leader Maryland.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes extended their home winning streak to 12 games and stayed among the top teams in the league standings.
POLL IMPLICATIONS
Ohio State: The Buckeyes moved into the poll this week after a four-week absence. This loss could drop them out of the rankings.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes are off until next week, so they should maintain their position, if not improve a spot or two.
UP NEXT
Ohio State: The Buckeyes play at home against Maryland on Sunday.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes play at Michigan State next Tuesday.

Cyclones thump Texas

By ROB GRAY
Associated Press
AMES — It’s been a disappointing season for Iowa State and its three seniors.
Two — forward Michael Jacobson and guard Prentiss Nixon — are transfers.
One, forward Solomon Young, has battled injuries his entire career.
But Saturday afternoon, the Cyclones’ most experienced trio of players shined, combining for 55 points in an 81-52 rout of struggling Texas.
“We needed this,” Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said after his team recorded its most lopsided win over the Longhorns in series history. “We had a lot of guys step up and do some really good things.”
None more than Jacobson, who notched season highs in points (21) and rebounds (13) while shooting 8 for 9 from the field. The 6-9 senior from nearby Waukee, Iowa, also matched a season high with three assists.
The Cyclones (11-14, 4-8 Big 12) never trailed and started the second half with a 9-0 run that built a commanding 46-26 lead.
“It’s do or die mentality for us every game,” Jacobson said. “We’ve got to stack up some wins. We just came ready. We just came together. That’s the biggest thing all year for us, just trying to find consistency. We’ve got some pieces, we’ve got some talent, we just haven’t been able to put it together on a nightly basis. Just being able to get it working together was a lot of fun.”
Texas (14-11, 4-8) played without starters Jericho Sims (back) and Jase Febres (knee), and lost its fourth straight game.
Courtney Ramey scored a season-high 21 points to lead the Longhorns, which fell behind by double-digits with 9:01 left in the first half and couldn’t counter Iowa State’s hot shooting or 30-18 edge in points in the paint.
Texas shot a season-low 29% from the field, while the Cyclones shot a conference season-best 57%.
“I thought we’d come in here and play with really, really good defensive energy,” Longhorns coach Shaka Smart said. “We did not do that. I thought we’d understand, with Jericho out, that they would try to go inside and counteract them there. We didn’t do that either. Jacobson and Young were terrific for Iowa State.”
The absence of Sims was a key reason why, but doesn’t fully explain how the Cyclones were able to efficiently attack inside all day.
Jacobson and Young were a combined 12 of 15 on 2-point field goals.
“Like Mike said, do or die,” Nixon said. “We step out every game like we did tonight, I like our chances going forward.”
BIG PICTURE
Texas: The ailing Longhorns sorely lacked an inside presence when Sims, the team’s leading rebounder at 8.2 boards per game, couldn’t play because of lingering back issues. The 6-9 junior had started every game this season. Texas lost for the seventh time in the past nine games.
Iowa State: The Cyclones are the Big 12’s only team without a road win this season, but they’ve won four of their past five games at Hilton Coliseum — the lone loss coming to top-ranked Baylor. Iowa State made 10 of its first 14 shots Saturday and outrebounded Texas, 40-27.
ROLE PLAYER
Nixon scored in double figures for the second straight game after failing to score 10 or more points in the previous 10. He scored the most points (17) in his Iowa State career and went a season-best 6 of 7 from the free-throw line.
UP NEXT
Texas: The Longhorns host TCU on Wednesday.
Iowa State: The Cyclones play at No. 3 Kansas on Monday.

Green powers UNI men

CEDAR FALLS (AP) — AJ Green had 27 points and surpassed the 1,000-point milestone and Northern Iowa topped Illinois State 71-63 on Wednesday night.
Trae Berhow scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Panthers (22-3, 11-2 Missouri Valley Conference), who earned their sixth straight victory. Austin Phyfe added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Illinois State led 40-33 at the half after a 21-5 run. Northern Iowa broke away from a tie with 12 straight points in the middle of the second half to earn the win.
DJ Horne had 16 points and six rebounds for the Redbirds (8-17, 3-10). Dedric Boyd added 11 points and Keith Fisher III 10.
Illinois State defeated Northern Iowa 76-70 on Dec. 31. Northern Iowa matches up against Loyola of Chicago on the road on Saturday. Illinois State matches up against Valparaiso at home on Saturday.

Iowa extends Brands’ contract

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands and two of his assistants have agreed to contract extensions through the 2026 season.
Athletic director Gary Barta on Wednesday announced the extensions for Brands and assistants Terry Brands and Ryan Morningstar.
“We have great confidence in Tom, Terry and Ryan,” Barta said. ”They are committed to building on the current momentum and operating within our ‘Win. Graduate. Do it Right.’ philosophy.”
Tom Brands, in his 14th season as head coach, has led the Hawkeyes to three national championships, four Big Ten titles and a dual record of 229-23-1.
Terry Brands is in his 22nd season on Iowa’s staff. He was an assistant from 1992-2000 and returned in 2009. He’s been associate head coach since 2011. Morningstar has served as an assistant coach since 2012.
The Hawkeyes are 11-0 this season and ranked No. 1 in the country. The lineup includes 10 wrestlers ranked in the top 10 nationally, including No. 1s Spencer Lee at 125 pounds and Michael Kemerer at 174.

Oklahoma pulls away from Cyclones

By CLIFF BRUNT
AP Sports Writer
NORMAN, Okla. — Kristian Doolittle scored 20 points to help Oklahoma defeat Iowa State 90-61 on Wednesday night.
Brady Manek scored 18 points and Alondes Williams scored all 14 of his points in the second half for the Sooners (16-8, 6-5 Big 12), who outscored the Cyclones 50-25 after the break.
Oklahoma followed up Saturday’s victory over No. 13 West Virginia by avenging its loss at Iowa State a month earlier and falling a point short of its season-high point total.
Iowa State announced Monday that point guard Tyrese Haliburton would miss the rest of the season after fracturing his left wrist. He averaged 15.2 points, a conference-leading 6.5 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game. In their first game without their star, the Cyclones (10-14, 3-8) shot just 34.5% in the second half.
Terrence Lewis scored 17 points and Solomon Young added 12 for the Cyclones.
Oklahoma’s Austin Reaves hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the first half to put the Sooners up 40-36 at the break. Doolittle scored 15 points in the first half.
The Sooners scored the first six points of the second half, including two layups by Williams, to take a 10-point lead.
Williams drove the lane and threw down a hard one-handed dunk to put the Sooners up 60-51 with just over 12 minutes remaining.
Manek and Jamal Bieniemy made back-to-back 3-pointers to give Oklahoma a 68-53 lead with just under 10 minutes to play, and the Sooners stretched the lead from there.
BIG PICTURE
Iowa State: An already difficult season was made even tougher with the news about Haliburton. The Cyclones were unable to build momentum from their home win over Kansas State on Saturday.
Oklahoma: The Sooners are starting to look like a team trying to make a run heading into the final stretch. Williams has scored in double figures four of his past six games after doing so just twice all season before his current run.
UP NEXT
Iowa State: Hosts Texas on Saturday.
Oklahoma: Visits Kansas on Saturday.

Haliburton out for the season

AMES (AP) — Iowa State star guard Tyrese Haliburton will miss the rest of the season with a fractured left wrist.
Coach Steve Prohm announced Monday that an MRI revealed the fracture. Haliburton was injured late in the first half of the Cyclones’ win over Kansas State on Saturday when he landed on the wrist as he blocked a shot.
“We are disappointed for Tyrese and his family and we are focused on helping him in his recovery,” Prohm said. “There is no doubt in my mind that Tyrese will face this setback with the same energy and passion that we have all come to appreciate and that he will return from this better than ever.”
Haliburton was the Cyclones’ second-leading scorer at 15.2 points per game. The 6-foot-5, 174-pounder averaged 5.9 rebounds and a Big 12-leading 6.5 assists and 2.5 steals in 22 games this season.
Haliburton shot over 50 percent from the field, and 42 percent from three-point range.
The sophomore from Oshkosh, Wis. is currently considered a potential lottery pick in the NBA draft this year. He is projected as the No. 11 pick by NBADraft.net.
“This comes as a shock to me, my family, my teammates and coaches,” Haliburton said. “As this season continues, I will try to to be the best teammate possible.
“I know my brothers will step up and I can’t wait to be there every step of the way.”
Iowa State is currently 10-13 overall and 3-7 in the Big 12. The Cyclones held off the Wildcats on Saturday night in Ames, 73-63, for their first victory in five games.
Iowa State returns to action at Oklahoma on Wednesday.

Robbins powers Drake men

DES MOINES (AP) — Liam Robbins poured in a career-high 29 points, adding seven rebounds and three blocked shots as Drake defeated Bradley 73-60 Wednesday night.
Robbins was 9-for-12 shooting and made 10 of 11 at the line. Garrett Sturtz added 12 points with seven rebounds, while Roman Penn scored 10 for Drake (16-8, 6-5 Missouri Valley Conference).
Drake opened the second half with a quick 9-1 run to push the game out of reach with an 18-point lead. Robbins scored four of the nine.
The win broke a two-game skid for the Bulldogs and moved them into a tie for fifth place in the MVC with Bradley.
Darrell Brown led Bradley (15-9, 6-5) with 24 points on 7-for-14 shooting and 10 of 12 at the foul line. Ja’Shon Henry added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Nate Kennell had 11 points and six rebounds.
Bradley’s top scorer and rebounder, Elijah Childs (14.2 ppg, 9.1 rpg), has missed 12 of the last 13 games with a hand injury.
Drake matches up against Northern Iowa on the road on Saturday. Bradley matches up against Evansville at home on Sunday.

Northern Iowa men win 20th game

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Austin Phyfe had 10 points and 13 rebounds to lift Northern Iowa to a 63-51 win over Valparaiso on Wednesday night.
AJ Green had 19 points for the league-leading Panthers (20-3, 9-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference), who earned their fourth consecutive victory and ninth in 10 games.
Isaiah Brown added 10 points for UNI. Trae Berhow had six points and 11 rebounds.
Northern Iowa had its best defensive game in holding the Crusaders to 28 percent shooting.
Javon Freeman-Liberty had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Crusaders (12-12, 5-6). Ryan Fazekas added 12 points. Donovan Clay had eight rebounds.
The Panthers improve to 2-0 against the Crusaders for the season. Northern Iowa defeated Valparaiso 88-78 on Jan. 15.
Green scored 14 second-half points. Phyfe recorded his sixth double-double of the season.
This is the Panthers’ first 20-win campaign in four years.
Northern Iowa matches up against in-state rival Drake in Cedar Falls on Saturday.
Valparaiso matches up against Loyola of Chicago on the road on Sunday.

West Virginia too much for Cyclones

By MATT
THORNSBURY
Associated Press
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s Oscar Tshiebwe is making double-doubles seem routine.
The freshman had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 13 West Virginia breezed to a 76-61 victory over Iowa State on Wednesday night.
“He gets better every day,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “He wants to learn. He wants to get better.”
Tshiebwe is the Mountaineers’ second-leading scorer at 10.7 points per game and the leading rebounder at 9.7. He has four games with at least 17 rebounds. This was his eighth double-double.
“Play hard,” Tshiebwe said. “Not everybody plays hard. If you keep playing hard, people are going to get tired, which is going to make it easier for you.”
West Virginia didn’t necessarily play smart against the Cyclones. Huggins left the court agitated about his team’s 19 turnovers and making just 50% of its free throws.
“To turn it over 19 times is ridiculous,” Huggins said. “When guys play bad, they miss free throws. If you’re a major college team, you don’t go 12 for 24. Are you kidding me?”
The Mountaineers are next-to-last in the Big 12 from the free-throw line at 65%.
Chase Harler added 14 points, Emmitt Matthews Jr. and Derek Culver scored 12 points apiece, and Jermaine Haley scored 11 points for the Mountaineers (18-4, 6-3 Big 12).
West Virginia never trailed. Five minutes into the game the Mountaineers built a lead that didn’t fall below double digits.
“Our defensive effort the first five minutes was just really poor,” Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. “It was getting beat off the dribble. It was second-chance. It was just physicality around in the paint.”
Matthews scored in double figures for the first time since Dec. 14, a span of a dozen games. He had scored in double digits in six of the first 10 games, then his scoring touch evaporated — until now.
“Nothing’s changed,” Matthews said. “You don’t go away from the recipe. I’m still in the gym early mornings to this day.”
Matthews was the early catalyst Wednesday, scoring all 12 of his points in the first half. West Virginia made nine of its first 11 shots and finished 29 of 58 (50%) for the game.
Iowa State trailed by 24 points after halftime. The Cyclones were outrebounded 46-28, including 18-9 on the offensive end. West Virginia is eighth in the country in rebounds per game.
“I mean there’s no question the physicality was a huge difference in the game,” Prohm said.
Rasir Bolton scored 18 points for the Cyclones (9-13, 2-7) and Tyrese Haliburton added 12.
BIG PICTURE
Iowa State: The Cyclones shot 40% from the floor and fell to 0-7 this season on the road.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers improved to 12-0 at home, seven of which have been by at least 20 points.
HAILING HARLER
Harler had a season high for points on 5-of-9 shooting, including three 3-pointers.
“Chase has played really well,” Huggins said. “We wouldn’t be 18-4 without Chase.”
UP NEXT
Iowa State host Kansas State on Saturday.
West Virginia plays at Oklahoma on Saturday.

Purdue overwhelms Hawkeyes

By MARK AMBROGI
Associated Press
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue got off to a fast start against a ranked opponent and never slowed down.
Evan Boudreaux scored a season-high 18 points to lead five Purdue players in double figures in a 104-68 rout of No. 17 Iowa on Wednesday night.
The Hawkeyes scored first on Luka Garza’s basket, but then Purdue (13-10, 6-6 Big Ten) scored 17 straight points to lead for good.
“Coach (Matt) Painter emphasized the multiple efforts all week,” Boudreaux said. “We knew we had to come out strong and give a lot of energy. It’s tough for teams when you’re giving up two, three, four shots in a possession, especially starting games.
“That’s really demoralizing. The second half, I think we came out with a lot of energy and attacked them. So if we can start games and halves like that, we’ll be in a really good position.”
Boudreaux hit 7 of 9 shots and had a team-high eight rebounds.
The Boilermakers shot a season-high 63%, including 56% from 3-point range (19 of 34), and reached the 100-point mark for the first time this season.
Garza led the Hawkeyes (16-7, 7-5) with 26 points and was their only player in double figures. Garza was limited to one rebound, well below his 10.4 average entering the game.
Jahaad Proctor, Matt Haarms and Sasha Stefanovic each scored 15 points for the Boilermakers. Proctor made all six of his shots. Purdue’s Eric Hunter Jr. added 13 points and a team-high seven assists.
“To see multiple guys shoot the ball well for us is a real confidence booster,” Painter said.
Purdue led by 39 points at one point.
The Boilermakers made 11 of 20 3-pointers in the first half to take a 61-36 halftime lead.
Iowa shot 43% for the game and 24% from 3-point range.
“Our ability to make 3s was the real separation in the first half,” Painter said. “We had good execution. This game was an outlier for us as far as making 3s.”
Purdue held a 32-24 edge in rebounds.
The Boilermakers had just two turnovers in the opening half and nine for the game. Iowa had 14 turnovers.
“The way they pounded us on the glass early, not that they don’t do that, they do that to a lot of people, but you have to be better there,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “What often happens, especially on the road, when you get behind is you try to get it all back at once. We needed more pace and to slow it down.”
The Boilermakers went on a 9-0 run, including six points on Proctor’s back-to-back 3-pointers, to push the lead to 39-18.
BIG PICTURE
Iowa: The Hawkeyes are struggling on the road in the conference. They had won four of the previous five games, but all of those victories were at home. Iowa dropped to 1-5 in Big Ten road games.
Purdue: The Boilermakers had quite a night offensively after being held to 37 points in one loss and 50 in another setback last month and averaging 62 points over their previous two games.
POLL IMPLICATIONS
Iowa will drop in the rankings after the lopsided loss. How much the team falls in the poll will depend on how the Hawkeyes do against Nebraska.
UP NEXT
Iowa: Hosts the Cornhuskers on Saturday night.
Purdue: Plays Indiana on the road Saturday, aiming for a sixth straight win in the rivalry.