Illinois edged in OT

Print Article

Associated Press Illinois guard Trent Frazier (1) is hugged after his trey sent Thursday's game into overtime.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Jordan Bohannon scored 29 points to help Iowa rally from a 20-point deficit for a 104-97 overtime win over Illinois on Thursday night.

It was Iowa's second-largest comeback in school history. The biggest comeback was 22 points, also against Illinois in 1987. Thursday's game marked the Hawkeyes' first Big Ten victory, and dropped the Illini to 0-5 in conference play.

Bohannon's three-pointer in overtime put the Hawkeyes up 99-90 and sealed the win.

"That shot by Jordan was the dagger," said Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. "It was huge, no doubt."

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

"Frazier is quite a player," McCaffery said. "I really like him."

So does Illinois coach Brad Underwood.

"Trent did a phenomenal job for us," he said. "I just need to do a better job at halftime, find a way somehow. We gave up 63 points in the second half and overtime. Think about that. Sixty-three points. First half was fun to watch, not so much the second."

Tyler Cook scored 21 points and Luka Garza added 19 for Iowa. Frazier led Illinois with a career-high 27 points, including seven 3-pointers, while Leron Black and Aaron Jordan added 18 points each.

Illinois, fueled by runs of 13-0 and 10-0 run early in the game, leaped to a 54-41 halftime lead and seemed headed to an easy home win. But Iowa outrebounded the Illini 46-26, including 20-9 in the second half, and outscored Illinois 33-11 from the free-throw line.

"What did I say at halftime?" McCaffery said after the game. "Well, nothing that smart. Stay the course. Climb back into the game. Work to get us back into the game. They did, and I am really proud of my guys tonight."

Underwood was frustrated at Thursday's loss, which came on the heels of tough road losses to Minnesota and Michigan. "I honestly don't know," he said, shaking his head. "I mean, I gotta figure this out. We're just going to keep trying to figure this out. Losing is unacceptable. At some point, you gotta get tired of losing. You don't accept losing. It's not good."

Iowa first took the lead 83-82, its first since 4-2, with 3:01 left in regulation on a three-point play by Luke Garza.

• BIG PICTURE: Iowa big man Garza essentially took over for Iowa in the final four minutes of regulation, scoring seven points to give Iowa the lead, which it held until Frazier's buzzer-beater sent the game into overtime.

• TURNING POINT: Jordan Bohannan's 3-point dagger that essentially took the air out of the State Farm Center crowd, not to mention the Illinois team, coaches and bench. The sophomore went 5 of 12 from 3-point range.

Print Article

Read More Sports News

Winston lifts Spartans over Huskers

AP

January 18, 2019 at 10:37 am | LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Four nights after Tom Izzo called out Cassius Winston for his poor play in Michigan State's previous game, the Spartans' star point guard responded better than his coach would ha...

Comments

Read More

Nuggets roll to 135-105 rout of Bulls

January 18, 2019 at 10:36 am | DENVER (AP) - The pledge from Jamal Murray: More effort. The promise from Nikola Jokic: More aggressiveness. It added up to just the sort of confidence-restoring, bounce-back performance the Denver ...

Comments

Read More

Blackhawks edged out by Rangers

January 18, 2019 at 10:36 am | NEW YORK (AP) - After a rough stretch, the New York Rangers are playing their best hockey in nearly two months. Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist, Henrik Lundqvist moved into a tie for sixth pl...

Comments

Read More

Patriots try to overcome road woes

January 18, 2019 at 10:36 am | FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The Patriots are going on the road again in the playoffs, a place that hasn't always been kind to them during the Tom Brady era. New England was unbeatable at home this seas...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(608) 365-8811
149 State Street
Beloit, WI 53511

©2019 Beloit Daily News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X