Nov. 29, 2004
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Iowa guard Jeff Horner has been named Big Ten Conference Player of the Week after leading Iowa to a second place finish at the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
Horner, a 6-3 junior from Mason City, led Iowa to wins over Louisville and Texas before the Hawkeyes lost to North Carolina in the championship game. Horner, who was a member of the Maui all-tournament team, had 27 points in the semi-final win over Texas and he scored 18 points vs. Louisville and North Carolina.
Horner led the tournament in scoring with 63 points and tied for second (with Iowa teammate Pierre Pierce) with 17 assists. Horner in the three games shot 65.2% (15-23) from three-point range, hitting 6-7 in the title game. He also shot 59.4% from the field in the tournament and added three free throws in the final minute of the 82-80 win over Texas.
In four games this season, Horner leads Iowa in scoring with an 18.3 average. He is also averaging 5.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists per outing and leads the Hawkeyes with 12 steals. Horner is shooting 53.7% from the field, 58.6% from three-point range and 75% from the free throw line.
The Big Ten honor is the second of Horner’s career. He earned the honor last Feb. 9 after leading Iowa to a double-overtime win at Indiana.
Iowa begins a busy week with Tuesday’s contest at Drake. The Hawkeyes host Centenary College Friday in the first round of the Gazette Hawkeye Challenge and will meet either North Carolina-Greensboro or Southern Mississippi Saturday evening.