Iowa's weakness was exposed in its first game without injured point guard Jeff Horner. Curtis Stinson scored 20 points, Rahshon Clark added...
AMES, Iowa — Iowa’s weakness was exposed in its first game without injured point guard Jeff Horner.
Curtis Stinson scored 20 points, Rahshon Clark added 17 and Jiri Hubalek finished with 13 points and eight rebounds to lead Iowa State to a 72-60 victory over No. 12 Iowa on Friday night, the Hawkeyes’ second loss to an unranked in-state rival in four years.
Iowa State (6-2) has beaten three straight ranked opponents at home, while Iowa (7-3) lost to the Cyclones for the third time in four games.
“Our goal was to go out there and really attack them,” said Iowa State’s Will Blalock. “This [win] is number one right now.”
Horner had started 101 of the past 102 games for Iowa, but he is out for up to five weeks after partially tearing the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the Hawkeyes’ 67-63 overtime loss to Northern Iowa on Tuesday.
With Horner out of action, the Cyclones exploited Iowa’s inexperienced backcourt, specifically Horner’s replacement, freshman Tony Freeman. Iowa State forced the Hawkeyes guards into 13 turnovers and limited them to six assists, while its highly touted backcourt duo of Stinson and Will Blalock, who scored 11 and had eight assists, had their way offensively.
Freeman finished with just two assists against five turnovers in 30 minutes.
“This is a very difficult game to all of a sudden break in guard play, especially with the guards that they have,” Iowa coach Steve Alford said. “We just lost an outstanding player, and two days later we’ve got to deal with this. I thought we handled it as well as our guys are capable of handling it right now.”
Other Top 25 men’s game
At No. 10 Florida 88, Bethune-Cookman 58
Al Horford scored 17 points on 8-for-8 shooting as the Gators shot an O’Connell Center-record 67.3 percent. Florida, unranked at the start of the season, is 9-0 for the second time. Antonio Webb led Bethune-Cookman (3-5) with 19 points.
Top 10 women’s game
At No. 6 Rutgers 77,
Old Dominion 41
Cappie Pondexter matched her season high with 26 points as the Scarlet Knights (7-0) held the Monarchs (1-4) to two field goals in the final 14 minutes of the first half.
Pac-10 women’s game
At USC 97, CS Northridge 69
Eshaya Murphy had 20 points and five other players finished in double figures as the Women of Troy triumphed.
USC (5-2) barreled to a 51-30 halftime lead. The Matadors (1-7) were led by Jazelle Burries with 21 points.