Hawkeyes top IL in OT to get first Big Ten win


That huge gust you felt coming from the southeast wasn't the latest winter storm front coming through.

The buzz-beater didn't faze Iowa, as the team took control by scoring the first nine points of OT.

Iowa forward Nicholas Baer (51) goes up with a shot between IL defenders Aaron Jordan (23) and Greg Eboigbodin (11) during overtime of their Big Ten Conference basketball game Thursday in Champaign, Ill. After trailing by 11 with 4:50 remaining, Iowa outscored the Illini 13-3 to send the game into overtime.

The Iowa Hawkeyes (9-9) have lost their last three games including and 91-73 defeat from Maryland in which Isaiah Moss scored 25 points in 10 of 16 shooting from the field. Thursday's game marked the Hawkeyes' first Big Ten victory, and dropped the Illini to 0-5 in conference play. "Those are things we can show them on film, and yet once the speed of the game happens and the size of the other team happens and the coverage they have, we've got to grow in those areas". In the first half, Iowa was allowing IL to shoot 60% from three point range and committed 11 turnovers on offense. They're very much like us in terms of they want to play fast. We're just going to keep trying to figure this out.

Bohannon's three-pointer in overtime put the Hawkeyes up 99-90 and sealed the win. The Hawkeyes actually led 90-87 with five seconds left, but Trent Frazier tied it up with a three at the buzzer to force overtime. "All we talked about at halftime was opening the first four-minute war trying to compete and guard and do what we'd just done".

IL is now 10-8 this season and 0-5 in conference play. They never had a chance.

FYI: Fighting the flu Saturday at Michigan, Black's seven-point scoring effort was the first time since November 17 he didn't hit double digits playing a full game for the Illini.

"We've had a wide spectrum of guys out, literally since Minnesota", Illinois head coach Brad Underwood said. IL is a poor offensive team and Iowa made them look like the Golden State Warriors in the first half. Each team has only one win in the Big Ten.

The Illini owned a 54-41 lead at the break as they shot 54 percent from the field - including 9-of-15 on 3-pointers.

"Nothing that smart, " he said. It was incredible, awe-inspiring, and seemingly changed the course of the game, but it ended up meaning nothing at all.

It would have been easy for Iowa to mail it in in the second half.

Iowa, after giving up 54 points in the first half, only allowed 36 and 7 in the second half and overtime, respectively. Garza scored 17 of his 19 points in the 2 half and overtime. "They're a team that will press us a little bit". Frazier led IL with a career-high 27 points, including seven 3-pointers, while Leron Black and Aaron Jordan added 18 points each.

Cook and Garza both posted double-doubles and a total of five Hawkeyes reached double figures.

The Hawkeyes made five more free throws down the stretch to finish with 104 points - Iowa's largest output against IL in the series that dates back to 1908.

The Illini committed 31 personal fouls, and that's where their biggest hit came from - three members of the IL squad fouled out, so the team was limited come overtime.