Down 20, Iowa comes back to beat IL in overtime

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

With a 20-point lead in the first half of Thursday night's game, it looked like IL was headed for a feel-good rout over Iowa - and therein the Illini's first conference win of the season.

It is the third time in school history that Iowa has rallied from a 20-point deficit to win. It was Bohannon's second-highest point total this season and his highest in the Big Ten game.

Iowa (10-9, 1-5) outscored IL (10-8, 0-5) 14-7 in overtime after Frazier sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

Tonight marked the third time in school history that Iowa rallied from at least 20 points to win a game (23 vs. Gardner-Webb in 2012 and 22 at IL in 1987). Iowa outrebounded the Illini 45-26, including 20-9 in the second half, and outscored IL 33-11 from the free throw line.

The Hawkeyes rank 33rd in blocks per game (4.9) while the Fighting Illini rank 166th (2.2).

Illinois Falls to Iowa in Overtime

The Hawkeyes trailed by 49-29 with 3:53 remaining in the first half before rallying for a 104-97 overtime victory at IL on Thursday night at the State Farm Center.

IL led 54-41 at halftime.

Iowa managed to secure the win despite losing the turnover battle, 17-14, and only recording 14 assists (Illinois dished out 22 dimes).

But that was the last punch landed for IL (10-8, 0-5).

IL ranks 46th in assists allowed per game (11.5) while Iowa ranks 182nd (14.7).

IL finally got an extra chance thanks to Frazier's improbable 3 at the buzzer to force an extra period. The Illini managed the first two in Saturday's loss at MI, but the fact that Mark Smith, Trent Frazier and Te'Jon Lucas combined for 14 of the Illini's 17 turnovers in the 10-point defeat certainly didn't help their cause. One of Maryland's biggest strengths was getting to the charity stripe.

Freshman forward Greg Eboigbodin played a career-high 25 minutes, his third straight game playing a career-high minutes. Nichols output could have been more spaced out, though, as he would only score 2 more points before fouling out with 5 seconds left in regulation. Black leads in rebounds with 5.7 while Te'Jon Lucas tops in assists with 3.2 per game. In the second half, that issue came into play for IL.

Cook said he looked around at his teammates' eyes in the huddle prior to the overtime period and knew the game was in hand.

The Hawkeyes have been outscored by an average of 1.2 points in their last five games.

The Panthers shot 40 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the line leading for majority of the game. "We're not going to go 0-6". IL deserves credit for working its way back from down 87-82 with just over a minute left to force overtime. Junior Nicholas Baer made 1-of-2 free throws to give Iowa a 91-90 lead before sophomore Tyler Cook slammed home a dunk off a set play to put the lead to 93-90.

Iowa committed 17 turnovers in the game, but only six came in the second half and in overtime. TSU scored 28 points to the Panthers 26 points off turnovers. He had 19 points and 11 rebounds and was huge down the stretch. Black and Aaron Jordan added 18 points each. She also finished with three boards and four steals. Taylor Roberts scored 18 points with seven rebounds. Griffin added 11 points for TSU. Iowa made its first 17 free throws in the game; Bohannon and Garza had flawless nights, going 10-for-10 and 9-for-9, respectively.

Four SIUE Cougars scored in double figures, but Belmont spoiled their Ohio Valley Conference home opener 76-61 on Thursday at the Vadalabene Center.

The Fighting Illini lost to the Michigan Wolverines in their last game, 79-69.

"I think it was just a mindset, " he said. "They don't beat themselves and are very underrated defensively".

"Frazier is quite a player", McCaffery said. He had played well up until that point, and he was looking for the opportunity. "First half was fun to watch, not so much the second".

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