IL loses by 7 Iowa in Overtime - Recap, Box score

Marsha Scott
January 13, 2018

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.

The Fighting Illini blew a 20 point lead on Thursday night in Champaign, and fell to Iowa 104-97 in overtime.

Frazier doesn't lack for confidence - in himself or in his teammates - even after two more Big Ten losses last week put IL at 0-4 in the conference.

At one point, Iowa was down, 49-29.

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

Finally Iowa gained the upper hand, going to Tyler Cook inside, Jordan Bohannon outside and Luka Garza on the glass and at the free throw line.

In Tom Davis' final season as coach, on December 9, 1998, Iowa rallied from an 18-point deficit with 12:52 left in the game to shock No. 10 Kansas 85-81 at Allen Field House.

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.

Iowa was masterful at the line, making 33 of 40 and with Bohannon and Garza combining to make 19 of 19.

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IL (10-8, 0-5) - Black 8-12 2-3 18, Finke 2-7 0-0 4, Williams 1-3 1-1 4, Alstork 1-3 0-0 3, Frazier 10-20 0-1 27, Eboigbodin 4-7 0-1 8, Nichols 3-7 6-6 13, Smith 1-5 0-0 2, Jordan 6-10 2-2 18. It was Bohannon's second-highest point total this season and his highest in the Big Ten game. They came after him past year and they came after him again.

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

Bohannon led the Hawkeyes with 29 points while Cook had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Garza finished with 19 and 11.

Isaiah Moss (12 points) and Nicholas Baer (10 points) rounded out the starting five's scoring, all starters scoring in double figures on the night. 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. The 6-foot-1 freshman guard said the Illini played "great" in those games. The Hawkeyes have lost their last three games, most recently falling to Maryland on Sunday.

"It was a manageable number at halftime, that was important", said McCaffery. "It's either we play the first half great or second half great".

Frazier, who led the Illini with 27 points, knocked down another 3 with 1:15 to go.

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. Frazier led IL with 27 points. He had 18 3-pointers in 17 games heading into Thursday's contest. Iowa closed the gap to 13 points at halftime, and a torrid burst to open the second half completely changed the complexion of the game.

Freshman Luka Garza was a non-factor in the first half against IL on Thursday, scoring two points and grabbing five rebounds in 14 minutes. Iowa's zone-trapping defense forced the Boilermakers into multiple second-half turnovers as well as poor shots.

The Washingon, D.C., native scored 17 of his 19 points in second half and overtime and he grabbed six more rebounds to finish off his third double-double of the season. January 11 marked the first time the Hawkeyes scored 100 or more points in a Big Ten game since 1995 and the first time doing so on the road in conference play since 1988. The Panthers defeated the visiting Tigers 66-59 in their second overtime game this season.

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