Dec. 1, 2003
Sophomore forward Greg Brunner has been named Big Ten Conference co-Player of the Week for his efforts in Iowa’s two victories last week, a 70-69 overtime decision over No. 16 Louisville and a 74-56 win over in-state rival Drake.
The native of Charles City scored a career-high 26 points in the win over Louisville, hitting 10-14 field goal attempts and 5-6 free throws. Brunner added four rebounds and two blocked shots against the Cardinals, while playing 41 minutes.
Brunner scored 13 points and had seven rebounds and three blocked shots in Iowa’s win over Drake, hitting 6-8 field goal attempts. Through three games he is averaging 16.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while leading the Big Ten Conference in field goal percentage (.769).
Brunner played in all 31 games as a freshman a year ago, with 23 starts, averaging 7.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. His previous scoring high of 18 points game at Florida State in his fourth college game a year ago.
This is the first time Brunner has earned the conference Player of the Week award. He shared the honor with Purdue’s Kenneth Lowe, who led Purdue to the Great Alaska Shootout championship.
Brunner and the Hawkeyes entertain Wisconsin-Green Bay Tuesday at 7 p.m. Iowa then will begin preparations for Friday and Saturday’s 2003 Gazette-Hawkeye Challenge. The field of visitors to the Challenge features three teams picked to win their conference.
Tickets to all three of Iowa’s home games this week are available.