Northern Iowa 84, No. 10 Iowa 78
Dec. 10, 1997
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) _ Chris Burdine scored 17 points and Northern Iowa used a pesky man-to-man defense to defeat No. 10 Iowa 84-78 on Tuesday night, the Hawkeyes' first loss in six games.
Darian DeVries finished with 13 points and TyJuan Finley 11 for Northern Iowa (4-1), which had lost seven straight and nine of 11 to Iowa.
Ryan Bowen scored 17 points, Ricky Davis 16 and Darryl Moore 12 for Iowa, which had been averaging 95 points a game and winning by an average margin of 35 points before playing its first road game.
Northern Iowa grabbed a 41-36 lead at the half _ the largest margin by either team _ during which there were 11 lead changes.
Finley scored Northern Iowa's first two baskets of the second half, keying a 9-0 spurt that pushed the Panthers' lead to 50-36 with 16:19 remaining. A bank shot by Finley with 8:23 gave Northern Iowa its biggest lead at 64-46 before Iowa rallied.
Bowen scored seven points in a 16-6 spurt that brought the Hawkeyes back to 70-62 with 3:41 remaining. Davis' two free throws a little more than two minutes later chopped the deficit to 76-71.
Burdine made one of two free throws, and Brian Heying rebounded the miss and hit two free throws after being fouled by Dean Oliver for a 79-71 edge with 1:07 left.
Northern Iowa, shooting 74 percent from the free throw line, sank 12-of-16 free throws in the final 3:20.