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Evansville beats Northern Iowa 76-65


January 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Colt Ryan had 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead Evansville to a 76-65 victory over Northern Iowa Sunday night. Ryan made all 14 of his free-throw tries for the Purple Aces (7-5, 2-0 Missouri Valley), who trailed 22-8 early but bounced back and now have won three in a row. He also made three 3-pointers.

Denver Holmes had 16 points and Kenny Harris scored 11 as Evansville won at Northern Iowa for the first time in 10 seasons. The Aces were 24 for 26 from the free-throw line — and Ryan and Holmes were 14 for 14 in the last 1:02. Holmes made all six of his attempts in the game in that stretch. Seth Tuttle had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers (10-4, 0-2), who have lost three in a row. Marc Sonnen and Deon Mitchell scored 14 points apiece for UNI.

Broncos in playoffs despite 7-3 loss to Chiefs


January 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DENVER (AP) — Tim Tebow fell short in his latest comeback bid, yet his Denver Broncos are still going to the playoffs. Former Bronco Kyle Orton got his revenge in leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a 7-3 win over Denver on Sunday, but it’s the Broncos who clinched the AFC West and is headed to the postseason. After congratulating their former starting quarterback, the Broncos celebrated the end to their six-year playoff drought once San Diego beat Oakland 38-26 later Sunday. Losers of their last three games, the Broncos finished 8-8, same as the Raiders. They win their first division title since 2005 on a tiebreaker.

Late run fuels Missouri State past Drake 72-61


December 31st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Kyle Weems scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds to boost Missouri State to a 72-61 victory over Drake on Saturday. Missouri State (9-5, 2-0 Missouri Valley) also got 14 points from Jarmar Gulley and 11 points from Anthony Downing. Missouri State held a 47-46 lead with 10:53 left in the game and took control with a 15-2 run over the next 6:18. Gulley scored seven points during that span. Weems put the final stamp on the victory by converting a basket with 35 seconds to go. Drake (8-5, 1-1), which held an eight-point lead early in the game, got 16 points from Rayvonte Price, 14 from Ben Simons and 10 from Jordan Clarke.

Iowa Upsets No. 11 Wisconsin 72-65


December 31st, 2011 by Jim Field

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Much is made — and rightly so — of Wisconsin’s defense. When the Badgers’ offense misfires, their defense suffers, too.

Freshman Aaron White scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and fellow reserve Bryce Cartwright added 17 as the Hawkeyes stunned No. 11 Wisconsin 72-65.

The Badgers (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten) had their second-worst shooting game of the season (34.8 percent), including a dismal 3-for-28 performance on 3-pointers, on the same day their top-ranked defense allowed a season-high for points. Wisconsin hadn’t allowed more than 61 points in its first 14 games and came in leading the nation in scoring defense, yielding an average of 44.4 points.

“If you hit shots, it’s amazing how much better your defense looks,” Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said after his team had its six-game winning streak ended.

Sophomore Melsahn Basabe pitched in with 14 points for the Hawkeyes (9-6, 1-1), who snapped the Badgers’ 23-game home winning streak against unranked opponents — the last unranked team to beat Wisconsin at the Kohl Center was Illinois, a 63-56 winner on Feb. 9, 2010.

“Any time you win on the road in this league, there’s a celebration, there’s an incredible sense of accomplishment,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said after his team beat the Badgers for just the third time in the past 15 meetings. “(But) this is the 11th-ranked team in the country, on the road, with a fabulous winning percentage here. I think our players know and understand what they had to overcome to make this happen.”

Cartwright, a senior who came in averaging 5.9 points and has been coming off the bench as he returns from a hamstring injury, said: “We just came in with a definite mindset today to defy all the odds.”

Cartwright scored 10 points in the second half, the last two a layup with 1:55 remaining that put Iowa ahead 68-60 and sent many in the crowd of 17,230 to the exits.

Wisconsin (12-3, 1-1), though, made one last surge.

Senior Jordan Taylor hit a 3-pointer and sophomore Ben Brust had a steal and layup that pulled the Badgers within 68-65 with 47 seconds to go.

The Hawkeyes worked the shot clock on their next possession and sophomore Roy Devyn Marble hit a jumper from the right of the lane with 21 seconds remaining, and Jared Berggren missed a 3 on the other end to seal Iowa’s surprising victory.

“All we needed to do was get a stop,” said Taylor, who had 17 points to lead four players in double figures for Wisconsin. “We had them where we wanted … and Marble made a tough runner-floater right there off the right side. That was a tough shot, and he made it.”

The Badgers, meanwhile, didn’t make nearly enough shots.

“Our guys made a comeback that probably should have never happened, by all percentages. But you also say, percentages (say) we’re not going to shoot like this,” said Ryan, whose team came in shooting 46 percent. “But the percentages don’t always go that way.

“I guess the Big Ten’s going to be like this the whole year. I just think there’s so many teams that are kind of equal, and if you have a cold night, you’re not going to walk away (with a win) on the left-hand side.”

Iowa raced out to a 10-2 lead and led throughout the first half before Wisconsin used a 9-0 run spanning halftime to take a seven-point lead. White ended the Hawkeyes’ barren stretch with a 3-pointer and went on to score 11 of Iowa’s first 15 points of the second half. His output was double that of his season average and he scored his 18 points in just 20 minutes.

“He was a little bit sideways in the first half, I thought,” McCaffery said of White. “He came in and he got tired quick and he got a foul and he didn’t get a rebound when he should have. He put his head down, and that’s what freshmen do. So we just said, ‘Play through it, be ready, and you’ll get your shot in the second half.’ He’s just a really good basketball player.”

Insight Bowl Camera incident…more


December 31st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Flying cameras have been providing unique perspectives on everything from golf to college and professional football for more than a decade, becoming so commonplace that fans rarely notice the whizzing remote-controlled devices. At the Insight Bowl on Friday night, no one could miss the overhead camera when it came crashing down to the field late in the fourth quarter, nearly taking out one of the players. The ESPN camera narrowly missed Iowa receiver Martin McNutt Jr., who became entangled in the guide wire but wasn’t hurt.

“First, I looked: What is it that fell from the sky?'” McNutt said after Iowa’s 31-14 loss to No. 19 Oklahoma. “The next thing I know, the camera kind of scratched me a little bit. It was just pulling me and I knew I didn’t want to keep going with it.” ESPN has consistently used the cameras for football coverage, making it a staple of “Monday Night Football.” The cameras also have been used occasionally in the NBA, NHL, NASCAR, NCAA basketball, baseball and at the island-green 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass during The Players Championship.

The cameras, despite flying over the playing field, have rarely interfered with the action. In 2007, a cable camera was forced to make a controlled decent during an NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks from what was called human error. At the 2009 Las Vegas bowl between BYU and Oregon State, the overhead camera reportedly had to be taken down due to wind gusts of around 40 mph. The incident at the Insight Bowl occurred with Iowa trying to rally from a 10-point deficit in the closing minutes.

While lining up for a play near the 20-yard line at the south end of Sun Devil Stadium, two Hawkeyes had to jump out of the way when the camera fell when the wire appeared to snap with 2:22 left. McNutt dodged the camera as it fell behind him, but became entangled in the guide wire after it thudded to the ground. McNutt suffered only a minor scratch, but the game was delayed for about five minutes as crews dragged the camera off the field and made sure the wire was out of the way. McNutt was able to joke about the incident.

“I fell like somebody was trying to kill me on their (Oklahoma’s) staff,” he said. “If you are looking, I’m looking for you. No. It was lucky it didn’t hit me.”

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Hawkeye Grapplers Win 22nd Midlands Title


December 31st, 2011 by Chris Parks

EVANSTON, Ill. — University of Iowa junior Matt McDonough earned his second Midlands title in three years to help the Hawkeyes win their tournament record 22nd team title at the 49th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championship. McDonough pinned eighth-seeded Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech in the 125-pound finals. Iowa piled up 152 points, 46.5 more than tournament host Northwestern (105.5). Oklahoma (94.5), Virginia Tech (76.5) and Edinboro (74.5) rounded out the top five.

The Hawkeyes finished the 49th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships with 11 place-winners and a combined 60-26 record.

The top-ranked Hawkeyes return to the mat Friday, Jan. 6, at Indiana. Iowa will put its 83-dual unbeaten streak on the line against the Hoosiers at 6 p.m. (CT) inside University Gym. The Hawkeyes then host Oklahoma State on Saturday, Jan. 7. The Cowboys visit Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, contact the UI Ticket Office at 800-IA-HAWKS or online at Admission is $13 for adults, $7 for children, and $2 for kids five and under.

Iowa Women Take Out Northwestern


December 31st, 2011 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa —   Friday night the Hawkeyes (8-5, 1-0) made 12 3-pointers and defeated Northwestern (10-4, 0-1), 86-55, in the Big Ten opener on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

With Iowa trailing 13-12 eight minutes into the first half, senior Kamille Wahlin nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key that gave the Hawkeyes the lead and ignited a furious run. Soon after Wahlin’s 3-pointer, Jamie Printy stole a Northwestern pass, threw a deep outlet pass to Wahlin, who then pulled back and found a trailing Printy for a deep triple that gave the Hawkeyes a 19-15 lead with 9:52 left in the half.

Printy led the Hawkeyes with 20 points, eight assists and three steals.

The Hawkeyes now travel to Columbus, Ohio, to face unbeaten Ohio State on Monday afternoon. Tipoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. (CT), and it will be televised live on the BTN.

Hawkeyes Fall in Insight Bowl


December 31st, 2011 by Chris Parks

Insight Bowl – Oklahoma 31, Iowa 14

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Blake Bell ran for three touchdowns to help No. 19 Oklahoma survive a late rally and a crashing camera to beat Iowa 31-14 in the Insight Bowl.

Oklahoma (10-3) didn’t get a particularly great game from quarterback Landry Jones and wasn’t effective on the ground, either. Once considered national-title contenders, the Sooners grinded it out against the gritty Hawkeyes, ending a difficult year that included the death of linebacker Austin Box in the offseason.

Jones threw for 161 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and Bell put the game away with a 21-yard touchdown run with 45 seconds left.

Iowa (7-6) fell into a 21-0 hole before rallying behind two touchdown passes from James Vandenberg. The Hawkeyes came up just short and dodged a potential disaster when an overhead camera crashed to the field next to receiver Marvin McNutt in the closing minutes.

ISU Women Win Home Challenge


December 31st, 2011 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State’s Chelsea Poppens notched her second-straight double-double (19 points/13 rebounds) and the Cyclones stifled Buffalo to just 14 second-half points en route to a 65-45 victory Friday night in Hilton Coliseum.

Iowa State improves to 9-2 on the year and the win clinched the Cyclone Challenge tournament title. ISU is now 31-0 in regular-season hosted tournaments under Bill Fennelly. The win was the 600th victory in Iowa State women’s basketball program history.

Poppens had another monster game, as the junior averaged 16.5 points and 14.5 rebounds in the two tournament games to earn Cyclone Challenge MVP honors. Poppens also recorded a career-high four steals.

Lauren Mansfield finished the game with 10 points and handed out a season-high nine assists.

Hallie Christofferson was also named to the all-tournament team. She had 10 points and six rebounds on the evening.

The Cyclones forced 21 turnovers and held the Bulls to 28.6 shooting (6-21 FG) in the second half.

Iowa State opens Big 12 play on Wednesday at Oklahoma with a 7 p.m. CST tip off.