Illini Men Remain Winless In Big Ten After 104-97 OT Loss To Iowa
The Iowa Hawkeyes achieved the second-greatest comeback win in program history after rallying from 20 points down to beat the Illini men last night in Champaign.
Trent Frazier hit a game-tying three-pointer at the end of regulation, but the Hawkeyes scored the first ten points of overtime, and held on for a 104-97 win.
Illini coach Brad Underwood lamented a familiar theme, in which his team played one great half of basketball, and one terrible half.
“We were really good the first half, and that was fun to watch," Underwood said. "Coming out the second half, we gave up 63. 63. That’s right, 63 points in the second half and overtime. 63.”
Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon hit 5 of 12 three-pointers and all ten of his free-throw attempts en route to a game-high 29 points. Tyler Cook added 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Luka Garza 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawkeyes.
Frazier led Illinois with a career-high 27 points, including 7-of-11 from three-point range.
Aaron Jordan and Leron Black scored 18 apiece for the Illini. Black, Kipper Nichols, Da'Monte Williams and Mark Alstork all fouled out. The Hawkeyes attempted 40 free-throws, while Illinois attempted only 14. Iowa beat the Illini on the boards as well, grabbing 45 rebounds to Illinois' 26.
Iowa's greatest ever come-from-behind road win also took place in Champaign, when the Hawkeyes recovered from a 61-39 halftime deficit in 1987.
Iowa improves to 10-9 on the season, and 1-5 in the Big Ten. The Illini are the only winless team in conference play at 0-5, and drop to 10-8 overall. They'll try again for their first Big Ten win Monday night at Nebraska.