Down 20, Iowa comes back to beat IL in overtime

Iowa coach Fran Mc Caffery wants his Hawkeyes to play with more desire and pride in hopes of picking up their first Big Ten win of the season tonight at Illinois

Iowa coach Fran Mc Caffery wants his Hawkeyes to play with more desire and pride in hopes of picking up their first Big Ten win of the season tonight at Illinois

No longer winless in the Big Ten, Iowa needed a dominant second-half offensive effort and a healthy dose of free throws and rebounding to take down IL in overtime.

IL had the biggest lead in the game with an advantage of 20 at one point. Iowa outrebounded the Illini 45-26, including 20-9 in the second half, and outscored IL 33-11 from the free throw line.

IL is 0-3 in overtime games this season with all three OT losses coming in Big Ten games (Northwestern, Maryland, Iowa).

IOWA (10-9, 1-5) - Baer 2-7 4-6 10, Garza 5-8 9-9 19, Cook 9-14 3-5 21, Bohannon 7-16 10-10 29, Moss 4-11 4-4 12, Kriener 2-2 1-2 5, Nunge 0-0 0-0 0, Pemsl 2-2 0-0 4, Wagner 0-0 0-0 0, Ellingson 1-3 0-0 2, Dailey 0-1 2-4 2. The Hawkeyes were 33 of 40 from the free throw line.

Iowa shot 50 percent from the field for the game, making 32-of-64 field goals. Garza made two free throws with 4.9 seconds left to give the Hawkeyes a 90-87 cushion, but Frazier dribbled up the right side and threw in the tying shot as the horn sounded.

IL went on a 13-0 run (18:21-13:56) and a 10-0 run (10:20-8:29) in the first half. 3-Point Goals-Iowa 7-24 (Bohannon 5-12, Baer 2-5, Garza 0-1, Dailey 0-1, Cook 0-1, Moss 0-4), IL 14-30 (Frazier 7-11, Jordan 4-8, Williams 1-2, Nichols 1-2, Alstork 1-2, Smith 0-2, Finke 0-3).

Frazier led IL with 27 points, while Leron Black and Aaron Jordan added 18 points each. It was Bohannon's second-highest point total this season and his highest in the Big Ten game. The No. 1-ranked Hawkeyes trailed the No. 8 Fighting Illini by 22 points with 16:11 left in the game. Garza scored 17 of his 19 points in the 2 half and overtime.

The comeback from a 20-point margin is the second largest ever by an Iowa team on the road. They would hold on for the 104-97 overtime win.

IL rode Black for 14 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but he picked up his fourth foul with 9:27 left and took a seat again with IL up 74-72.

IL reeled off 13 straight points in a run in which Iowa missed seven straight shots and also turned the ball over five times and the Illini later added a 10-0 run to seemingly take control.

"It didn't start in the second half", he said. Garza finished with a double-double.

"We were really good in the first half and that was fun to watch". "When Luka came in, he came in with energy and confidence".

The performance early on was reminiscent of many previous games for Iowa.

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

G Aaron Jordan Jr. Iowa made its first 17 free throws in the game; Bohannon and Garza had ideal nights, going 10-for-10 and 9-for-9, respectively. He had played well up until that point, and he was looking for the opportunity.

Iowa committed 17 turnovers in the game, but only six came in the second half and in overtime.

Iowa pulled even 66-66 but the Illini edged back ahead until Iowa tied it again, 79-79, with 5:41 to play.

Some who follow Iowa have in recent weeks questioned whether or not the Hawkeyes had checked out; whether they were completely lost and weren't accepting Fran McCaffery's coaching.

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