St. Bonaventure made No. 15 Iowa work for it, but the Hawkeyes took home the Christmas San Juan Shootout championship with an 81-67 victory Tuesday night.
Sophomore point guard Tim Winn led St. Bonaventure with a career-high 28 points, which earned him a spot on the all-tournament team although it wasn't enough to keep Bona's three-game winning streak alive.
The Bonnies had cut Iowa's lead to 61-58 with 7:47 left, but the Hawkeyes finished with a 20-9 spurt.
"We hung on for the win tonight. It's a great victory for us," said Ryan Bowen, who led the Hawkeyes with 16 points.
Bona coach Jim Baron said it was a case of "the little things adding up."
"When you're playing a team of this caliber, you really have to eliminate turnovers," Baron said.
The Bonnies held a 32-24 edge in rebounding, but that was offset by the Hawkeyes' 61 percent shooting from the field (30 of 49), compared to Bona's 45 percent (26 of 58).
"It's an aggressive game and we're playing man-to-man, so when Caswell (Cyrus) and Peter (Van Paassen) get those three quick fouls, it really hurts, but that's tough to control," Baron said.
After Iowa (10-1) went into intermission leading, 38-33, Bona (8-3) opened the second half with a 7-0 run sparked by Cyrus' follow-up dunk. But the Hawkeyes stormed back with a 21-13 spurt that included seven points by Ricky Davis, who finished with 15.