Hawkeye Win After Epic Comeback

  • Hawkeye Win After Epic Comeback

Hawkeye Win After Epic Comeback

It took the third largest comeback in school history, but the end result was the University of Iowa men's basketball team's first Big Ten victory of the season.

Iowa fell behind by 20 points at IL, before coming back to win, 104-97 in overtime.

Bohannon led all scorers with 29 points, making 7-of-16 field goals, including five 3-pointers, to go along with a 10-for-10 night from the free throw stripe. Freshman center Luka Garza (10.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg) has just two fewer rebounds than Cook (6.3) for the Hawkeyes.

Iowa comes to Champaign this evening with a 9-9 record, including 0-5 in Big Ten play. Work to get us back into the game. Coming into the second half, they were down by 13 points, 54-41. "We didn't want to lose".

Meanwhile, the Illini are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven following a straight-up loss and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games.

Iowa led 90-87 with 5.2 seconds remaining when Frazier took the inbounds pass, drove the court, crossed up Maishe Dailey, and hit a runner with under a second remaining to send the game to overtime.

Cook said he looked around at his teammates' eyes in the huddle prior to the overtime period and knew the game was in hand. "We've just got to be consistent", the speedy lefty out of Florida said. The Illini rank No. 7 in the nation in defensive turnover percentage at 24.3 percent, and best in the Big Ten (conference stats only) at 23.6 percent. They never had a chance. But Iowa outrebounded the Illini 46-26, including 20-9 in the second half, and outscored IL 33-11 from the free-throw line.

Two young, talented teams, winless in the Big Ten, enduring some bad luck so far.

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

Points in the paint were controlled by IL, with 42 points, compared to Iowa's 38. The Hawkeyes tied the game at 66 with 12:06 remaining and again at 79 with 5:44 left, but they didn't retake the lead until Garza went off with a personal 8-0 spurt.

"Nothing that smart, " he said. Stay the course. Climb back into the game.

"It didn't start in the second half, " McCaffery added. "First half was fun to watch, not so much the second". We gave up 63 points in the second half and overtime. "They're a team that will press us a little bit. They had been kicking our butts in terms of that, outhustling us and stuff like that, and we weren't going to let it happen anymore".

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

Last meeting: IL won 70-66 on February 18, 2017, in Iowa City, Iowa, to complete the season sweep.