ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jeff Horner returned from a knee injury with 17 points and six assists and Adam Haluska hit four 3-pointers and also scored 17 points in a long-range game that helped Iowa beat Saint Louis 60-50 on Friday night.
Iowa (11-3) was 10-for-19 from 3-point range, much better than its overall 42.9 percent accuracy, in its final tuneup before Big Ten conference play. The Hawkeyes entered the game at only 29.5 percent for the season but also were 7-for-16 in their last game against Robert Morris.
Haluska was 4-for-6 and Horner, who missed four games with a partially torn ligament in his left knee, went 3-for-6. Haluska is 14-for-30 from 3-point range the last four games.
Iowa won despite getting only six points from leading scorer Greg Brunner, averaging 14.7 points.
Ian Vouyoukas had 17 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season and added three blocks for Saint Louis. Tommie Liddell added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Billikens, who have alternated wins and losses throughout the season.
Saint Louis (6-6) was held to 36 percent shooting and was 12-for-20 at the line, two nights after going 33-for-45 against Chicago State.
Six of Iowa’s 3-pointers came in the first half, helping build a 36-28 lead. The Hawkeyes maintained the margin most of the second half, holding their ninth opponent under 60 points.
Saint Louis led 12-4 early, a cushion that Iowa erased with nine straight points. The Hawkeyes then got the last five points of the half, capped by Henderson’s 3-pointer for a 36-28 lead.
Iowa was 6-for-12 from 3-point range in the half, getting two each from Horner and Carlton Reed.
Saint Louis opens its first season in the Atlantic 10 at home against St. Bonaventure on Tuesday. Iowa opens Big Ten play Thursday at Wisconsin.