Iowa 89, Eastern Illinois 71
HONOLULU (AP) _ Ray Thompson and Roy Marble scored 20 points each as No. 4 Iowa overcame a four-point halftime deficit and beat Eastern Illinois 89-71 Friday night in the opening round of the Chaminade Christmas Classic.
Iowa, 9-0, scored the first 14 points of the second half for a 54-44 lead. Gerald Jones made two 3-point shots as Eastern Illinois rallied to 63-58, but the Panthers got no closer.
B.J. Armstrong finished with 18 points and Ed Horton had 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Hawkeyes averted an upset.
Eastern Illinois made five of seven 3-point tries in the first half. The Panthers scored seven straight points and led 44-40 at halftime.
Mark Fowler had 16 points, Jay Taylor 14 and Jones for the Panthers.