BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Zabian Dowdell scored 18 points and Virginia Tech outscored Iowa 36-18 over a 17-minute stretch spanning the halves, then held on despite poor foul shooting to defeat the Hawkeyes 69-65 Wednesday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
The Hokies (4-2), returning home after losing two of three in a Florida tournament, made only 16 of 32 free throws in the second half as the Hawkeyes nearly erased a 16-point lead.
The Hokies led 30-21 at halftime after outscoring the Hawkeyes 20-8 over the final 10 1/2 minutes. Dowdell had all 8 of his first-half points in the run.
Virginia Tech built its lead to 46-31 with 13:39 left. The Hokies’ biggest lead was 58-42 with 6:29 left before Iowa mounted its comeback and Tech helped by missing free throws.
Haluska’s fourth 3-pointer with 2:07 left pulled Iowa to 60-53 and Tech missed three of its next six free throws. Smith and Freeman both made field goals to pull the Hawkeyes within 63-57.
Freeman and Smith both added 3-pointers in the closing minute.
Coleman Collins, who did not start for the first time this season, added 10 points and Jamon Gordon had 9 and five assists. Deron Washington added 9 points and 7 rebounds but was just 4-for-9 at the foul line.
Iowa did not help itself with sloppy play. The Hawkeyes committed 19 turnovers, which Tech turned into 25 points.
The Hokies’ eight turnovers led to just 6 points for Iowa.