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Northridge Races to Early Lead but Is Eventually Overwhelmed

December 30, 1996|Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Andre Woolridge scored 21 points and Ryan Bowen added 18 points and 14 rebounds as Iowa pulled away in the second half to beat Cal State Northridge, 90-65, Sunday.

Playing aggressive man-to-man defense, Northridge (4-6) stayed with Iowa early and led by as many as five points in the first half.

But Iowa (9-3), tuning up for its Big Ten opener with Northwestern on Thursday, scored the final eight points of the half to go up, 41-34, then used two big second-half runs to break it open.

Iowa also did a better job of handling the ball in the second half, turning it over only four times after committing 16 turnovers in the first half.

With Iowa leading, 54-46, Woolridge scored on a drive to start a 15-5 run that Kent McCausland capped with a three-point basket, making it, 69-51, with 7:53 left. Woolridge drove for two other baskets during that stretch and J.R. Koch raced down the middle for a rim-bending, two-handed dunk.

Derrick Higgins led Northridge with 25 points, and Kevin Taylor and Gerald Rhoden each scored 13.

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