Iowa 104, IL 97 (OT): 3 takeaways, highlights


Iowa 104, IL 97 (OT): 3 takeaways, highlights

IL is 0-3 in overtime games this season with all three OT losses coming in Big Ten games (Northwestern, Maryland, Iowa). Their Big Ten Conference record is a miserable 0-5.

IL tried to overcome a number of obstacles, including a suspension and the flu, and appeared to be well on its way as it built a 49-29 lead with just under four minutes to play in the first half.

The buzz-beater didn't faze Iowa, as the team took control by scoring the first nine points of OT. Pace knocked down a free-throw halfway into the overtime period giving the Panthers the final lead of the game and secured their second victory of the season.

On Iowa's next possession, Garza snared an offensive rebound and scored while falling to the ground and he made the and one to complete the three point play.

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.

Iowa shot 50 percent from the floor and hit 33 free throws in 40 chances compared to Illinois' 11 free throws in 14 chances. Michigan's 0.373 free throw rate was their biggest advantage over IL, who had a rate of 0.214.

"That shot by Jordan was the dagger", said Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. "He kept his composure because they came after him". Luka Garza had his best game as a Hawkeye.

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.

Sophomore Isaiah Moss and Baer finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

When Frazier flushed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 3:53 to go in the first half, he gave IL a 49-29 lead and pushed the host's 3-point percentage to.727 (8-of-11) for the half. In 41 minutes, Jordan collected 29 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists, 1 steal and 5 threes with 4 turnovers.

Down by 20 at one point late in the first half, Iowa battled back with a 12-5 run to end the first half and a 10-0 stretch to begin the second.

"Frazier is quite a player", McCaffery said.

Black, Illinois' leading scorer, picked up two early fouls and took a seat with 11:09 left in the first half, but it didn't slow the offense. But in the second half and overtime, we gave up 63 points.

The loss drops Illinois' season record to 10-8. They didn't even flinch when IL freshman Trent Frazier hit a running jumper from just behind the 3-point line to tie the game at the horn ending regulation.

IL (10-8, 0-5) received a career-high 27 points from Frazier, who entered the night with 18 3-pointers in 17 games but canned 7 of 11 shots from 3-point range.

Iowa is 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five Thursday games. They made 25 trips to the line, while Iowa went just 10 times. IL deserves credit for working its way back from down 87-82 with just over a minute left to force overtime.

Leading the scoring for IL this year is Leron Black, with 14.3 PPG and 5.7 RPG, while Michael Finke has 10.6 PPG and 5.4 RPG.

"It didn't start in the second half", he said. Tia Wooten was 10-of-10 from the free throw line and finished with a double-double of 18 points and 11 boards.

In the overtime period, Iowa took control of the game and made sure IL would not come back again.