- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Purdue coach Matt Painter did everything he could to get the Boilermakers righted Saturday night.

He called timeouts. He put in ball-handlers. He implored his team to play its way. Nothing worked.

Iowa allowed only eight second-half baskets, forced 10 turnovers and rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit to hand the 14th-ranked Boilermakers their first home loss of the season, 70-63.

“The team was not functional in certain areas. If the guards get into tough spots, guys have got to come to the basketball,” Painter said. “We just didn’t do a good job and you’ve got to give Iowa credit. They really took their game to another level.”

It was a tough lesson for the Boilermakers (13-2, 1-1 Big Ten).

After starting 7 of 14 on 3-pointers, they went 1 of 11 in the second half.

After seemingly scoring at will in the first half, they went long stretches without getting anything in the second.

And for a team that prides itself on balance, only two players scored in double figures. Kendall Stephens had 12 points, while A.J. Hammons had 11 points and seven rebounds.

“We seem to feed off our ability to score,” Painter said. “When we do, we seem to play better in other areas. When we don’t, we struggle.”

In contrast, the Hawkeyes’ were almost flawless in the second half and pulled off an impressive double by sweeping two Top 15 teams this week, Iowa (11-3, 2-0) beat No. 1 Michigan State on Tuesday and has four straight wins.

Jarrod Uthoff led the way Saturday with 25 points. Peter Jok had 11 points and nine rebounds.

But the Hawkeyes won because of stifling defense.

“We wanted to be more aggressive with it, which we were,” McCaffrey said. “We were a little tighter, more aggressive and more active.”

It was a complete reversal from the first half when Purdue built a 37-20 lead.

Against the half-court traps, the Boilermakers’ shooters went cold and Iowa’s usual suspects warmed up with some easy baskets. Iowa was 18 of 28 from the field over the final 20 compared with 7 of 30 in the first half.

The rest was predictable.

Iowa scored six straight to trim a 15-point deficit to nine and followed that with a momentum-changing 13-0 spurt that finally gave it the lead, 48-46 with 7:30 to play.

After Purdue tied it 48, the Hawkeyes answered with five straight points to take control. Iowa sealed the win at the free-throw line.

RICK’S RETURN

Purdue’s career scoring leader, Rick Mount, raised his arms, pumped his fists and even pretended to take a shot from midcourt as fans gave him a prolonged standing ovation at halftime. The Boilermakers celebrated the return of Mount, who has had a strained relationship with his alma mater since the early 1990s. He told the crowd Purdue fans are “the best in the country” and implored them to stay loud for the rest of the game - and the rest of the season. Mount scored 2,323 points in three college seasons, averaging 35.4 points as a senior. He was a two-time Big Ten MVP and Indiana’s 1966 Mr. Basketball Award winner.

ONE-MAN SHOW

In the first half, it seemed Uthoff was almost playing by himself. He scored 16 of Iowa’s 20 first-half points. The only other Iowa players to score in the first half were Jok and Adam Woodbury, who each had one basket and two points.

TURNOVER TROUBLE

While the turnover disparity didn’t look huge, Purdue had 14, Iowa had nine, the Hawkeyes outscored the Boilermakers 22-7 off the miscues.

TIP-INS

Hawkeyes: Iowa ended a seven-game losing streak at Purdue that dated to 2006. … After going 1 of 10 on 3s in the first half, Iowa was 7 of 9 from beyond the arc in the second. … The Hawkeyes also added to their league-leading average with nine blocks. They came into the game averaging 6.2.

Boilermakers: The Boilermakers had won 15 straight at home overall and six straight regular-season games against conference foes. … Purdue still held its 13th straight opponent below its season scoring average. Iowa was averaging 82.6 points.

UP NEXT

Iowa hosts Nebraska on Tuesday night.

Purdue hosts Michigan on Thursday night.

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