March 30, 2007
Adam Haluska’s individual statistics don’t jump off the stat sheet, but the Hawkeye senior was a member of the winning team in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) all-star game played here Friday evening.
Haluska scored one point as the National team recorded a 128-100 win over the American team at Phillips Arena. Haluska misfired on his seven field goal attempts, but he did contribute two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 20 minutes, with no turnovers.
“Obviously I wish I would have shot the ball better,” said Haluska. “But we got the win. It was a great experience to play in a beautiful arena and to meet some of the guys on both teams. Other than not shooting well I did some good things. It’s been an enjoyable experience to be part of the activities.”
The National team built a 58-46 halftime advantage and increased the margin to 20 points early in the second half. The National team shot 56.2% from the field and 47.1% from three-point range, compared to 46.3% shooting for the American team, which also shot just 33.3% from three-point range.
Boise State’s Coby Karl hit 6-8 three-point attempts, scoring 22 points for the National team and leading all scorers. Torrell Martin of Kansas State added 19 for the National team. Justin Doellman of Xavier scored 20 points and Caleb Green of Oral Roberts scored 19 for the American team.
Haluska will continue his post-season travels next week when he takes part in the Portsmouth Invitational in Portsmouth, VA. “Being in Atlanta has been a lot of fun,” added Haluska. “It’s been a busy period with a lot going on, but also a valuable experience.”
Haluska led the Big Ten Conference in scoring while earning first team all-Big Ten honors in his final season. The native of Carroll, IA was also the Division I men’s basketball Academic all-American of the Year and was recently named academic all-Big Ten for the third straight season.
Haluska is one of four finalists for the Chip Hilton National Player of the Year Award and he is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award. Both awards will be announced this weekend as part of Final Four activities.