2001 NCAA Men's Tourney

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Iowa 69, Creighton 56
Posted: Thursday March 15, 2001 06:51 PM
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UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- Steve Alford has another team on a postseason roll.

Reggie Evans scored 19 points, including nine during a pivotal second-half run, as seventh-seeded Iowa pulled away for a 69-56 victory over No. 10 Creighton in the NCAA Tournament's East Region at the Nassau Coliseum.

Currently in his second season at Iowa, Alford is making his first NCAA Tournament appearance with the Hawkeyes. In 1999, he took Southwest Missouri State to the "Sweet 16" before losing to Duke.

The Hawkeyes (23-11) ended the regular season by losing six of their last seven games, but they came alive last week in Chicago, winning four games in as many days to capture the Big Ten Conference tournament.

"I don't think it a feeling of being comfortable," Iowa guard Dean Oliver said. "Our main thing is that the team is on a roll." Alford played collegiately at Indiana and has often been mentioned as a possible coach of the Hoosiers should interim Mike Davis be replaced. Alford snapped at reporters who asked about the Indiana job on Wednesday, and will likely face the issue again in the coming days.

Iowa will play Kentucky, which struggled past Holy Cross, in the second round on Saturday.

"We were just fortunate that in the last 8-10 minutes we just wore them down," Alford said. "That's a compliment to our guys." Iowa dominated from the line, making 30 of 35 shots, including 13-of-15 by Evans.

All but seven of Iowa's points were scored by four of the starters. Henderson had 16, Oliver 15 and Worley 12. Oliver made just 5-of-17 shots from the floor.

The Hawkeyes were again without injured leading scorer Luke Recker, but again it did not mattter. Recker missed the Big Ten tournament with a broken kneecap.

The success continued on Thursday, but it was not easy. Creighton began the second half with a 12-0 spurt to take a 42-32 lead. Terrell Taylor began the run with a layup and Livan Pyfrom capped it with a tip-in and a dunk with 15:02 left.

But Iowa struck back with a run of 26-8 to put the game away.

"The momentum just changed," Creighton coach Dana Altman said. "We had some open looks that didn't go down. The whole momentum changed after that." Duez Henderson started the spurt with a long jumper and a 3-pointer.

Evans took over later in the run, converting a pair of free throws, a three-point play and a layup to give the Hawkeyes a 56-49 lead.

After Pyfrom make one of two free throws, Worley capped the spurt by hitting two free throws that made it 58-50 with 2:18 left.

Ben Walker had 11 points and Kyle Korver 10 for Creighton (24-8), which made its school-record third straight NCAA Tournament appearance.


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