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Iowa holds off Iowa State, 70-63

December 11, 2004

MEN'S HOOPS


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Adam Haluska scored 20 points against his former team, and No. 17 Iowa fended off a late run by Iowa State for a 70-63 victory Friday night.

Down by 11 points midway through the second half, Iowa State (4-2) rallied behind Jared Homan and Will Blalock, and drew to 61-60 on Homan's two free throws with 2:06 remaining.

But Iowa's Greg Brunner hit a shot down low and the Hawkeyes (8-1) made enough free throws in the final minute to hold on.

Haluska, who started as a freshman at Iowa State in the 2002-03 season before transferring, scored 10 points in the first 9 1/2 minutes and finished 7-for-13 from the field, including 4-for-8 on 3-pointers.

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He fouled out with 21 seconds left, leaving to chants of "Thanks for Adam" from Iowa fans.

Pierre Pierce added 15 points for Iowa, Jeff Horner scored 12 and Brunner had 11 to go with 13 rebounds.

Homan led Iowa State with a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Blalock scored 15 and combined with Homan for 16 of the Cyclones' final 18 points.

Former New Mexico coach dies

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Bob King, Larry Bird's first coach at Indiana State and the architect of New Mexico basketball who never had a losing record in 10 seasons with the Lobos, died Friday at 81.

King died at Veteran's Administration Hospital, where he had been hospitalized since taking a fall at home Nov. 16. He had a history of health problems, beginning with a heart attack and cerebral aneurysm in 1978, his final year at Indiana State.

Bill Hodges took over for King the next season, when Bird was a senior. The top-ranked Sycamores were unbeaten until a loss to Magic Johnson and Michigan State in the NCAA championship game.

"I was saddened to hear of the passing of Coach King. He was instrumental in the success of my career," said Bird, a Hall of Famer and president of the Indiana Pacers. "I will always be grateful for his friendship, guidance and help.

"Coach King was more than a coach; he was a dear friend and mentor."

King coached New Mexico from 1963-72, producing Western Athletic Conference titles in 1964 and 1968. Under King, the Lobos made three NIT appearances, reaching the finals in 1964. His 1967-68 team went 23-5, was ranked as high as fourth and put the school in the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

New Mexico athletic director Rudy Davalos said King laid the foundation for the success of men's and women's basketball at the school.

"He was a classy gentlemen who will be missed by many people but never forgotten," Davalos said.

WOMEN'S HOOPS


No. 11 Georgia 93 Augusta State 47

ATHENS, Ga. - Tasha Humphrey had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Georgia ended a two-game losing streak with a rout of Augusta State.

Humphrey made 10 of 12 shots, with most of her points coming on power moves inside. The 6-foot-3 freshman also had a nifty assist, passing behind the back to teammate Sherill Baker to finish off a fast break.

Cori Chambers added 15 points for Georgia (6-3), and Baker and Megan Darrah 10 each. Brandi Hollingsworth led Augusta State (6-3) with 12 points, all in the first half on four 3-pointers.

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