Iowa 81, Indiana 75
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP)—Adam Haluska scored 33 points, Tyler Smith had 18 and Iowa held off a furious Indiana rally in the final two minutes to beat the Hoosiers 81-75 Saturday.
The Hawkeyes (13-10, 5-4 Big Ten) led 68-60 with 2:17 to go, but the Hoosiers chipped away and got within two points when Earl Calloway sank a short jumper with 20 seconds to go.
But the Hawkeyes were clutch from the free throw line down the stretch, hitting 15-of-16 to hold on and win back-to-back games for the first time since the start of the Big Ten season.
Indiana, coming off an emotional home win Wednesday over No. 2 Wisconsin, led most of the first half and early in the second. But the Hoosiers struggled on the boards and were hobbled by foul trouble to key players like D.J. White and A.J. Ratliff.
Roderick Wilmont led Indiana (16-6, 6-3) with 24 points. Calloway had 16 points and Ratliff chipped in 15 points before fouling out in the final minute. The Hoosiers shot 48.1 percent and 74 percent from the free-throw line.
The Hawkeyes dominated on the boards, winning the battle 42 to 15. The Hawkeyes shot 40.4 percent and made 32-of-37 from the free-throw line.
Haluska was 9-of-17 from the field and hit 10-of-11 free throws, while Smith hit all 10 free throw attempts, including six in the final minutes.
The game had 13 lead changes and was intense and physical throughout.
But the Hawkeyes went ahead for good when Haluska sank a 3-pointer with 13:42 to go, putting Iowa up 49-48.
Iowa stretched the lead to 64-56 at the 5:08 mark when Haluska sank three free throws after being fouled by Ratliff while taking a 3-pointer. Iowa went back up 68-60 and seemed n control when Smith sank a pair of free throws with 2:17 remaining.
But the Hoosiers, led by a smothering backcourt press, forced a few turnovers and closed the gap. Calloway hit two free throws to cut Iowa’s lead to four with 45 seconds left, then his floater 20 seconds later made it 77-75.
But Smith answered with a pair of free throws on the other end. On Indiana’s next possession, Wilmont missed a desperation 3-pointer, and Haluska grabbed the rebound, was fouled and sealed the win by hitting both free throws.