Jan 10, 2004
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Vedran Vukusic had 22 points, and three teammates
scored in double figures to lead Northwestern to a 77-68 victory over Iowa
Mohamed Hachad scored a career-high 18 points, Davor Duvancic had 14 and
T.J. Parker chipped in 11 points to help the Wildcats (6-7, 1-1 Big Ten) snap a
four-game losing streak.
The win -- NU's first in Iowa City since 1994 -- also made
Northwestern the first team to get a Big Ten road win this season; that feat was matched later in the day by Purdue, which defeated Illinois in Champaign.
Iowa (8-4, 1-1) got 23 points from Pierre Pierce and 13 points and eight
rebounds from Jeff Horner.
The Hawkeyes, suffering their first home loss of the season, were hurt by
just 61.5 percent free throw shooting and 21 turnovers.
Pierce's defense helped Iowa hold Jitim Young, the league's third leading
scorer, to eight points, 11 below his season average.
But there were no answers for Vukusic, who was 12-of-18 shooting including
Northwestern scored the first five points of Saturday's game and led much of the first half, thanks to 53 percent shooting and 12 points from Vukusic.
The Hawkeyes were able to crawl back, though, scoring nine unanswered points and grabbing their first lead when Glen Worley scored down low to
put Iowa up 24-22 with 7:31 remaining in the first half.
After five successive lead changes, the Wildcats rallied, outscoring Iowa 11-1 to take
a 38-29 lead into halftime. That lead swelled to 15 when NU scored the first six points of the second stanza.
Iowa made a charge, snapping the 17-1 Northwestern run when Horner knocked down a three-pointer and Pierce followed with a trey of his own. That started a 10-0 Hawkeye run that made the score 44-39. Howver, Vukusic answered with a three-pointer of his own, and then Hachad had a pair of layups with five seconds of each other to get the lead back into double digits.
Northwestern did a good job down the stretch keeping Iowa at bay; the closest the Hawkeyes got was nine points in the final minute, and the score stayed there.
Northwestern will play its Big Ten home opener Wednesday, when the Wildcats host in-state rival Illinois. The Wildcats and Illini will tip off at 7 p.m.