Instead of going through just one devastating lapse in the first half, as it has in other games, Iowa actually had two and found itself trailing IL by as much as 20 (49-29) in the opening 20 minutes. They scored 54 points in the first half and led by thirteen at the break. 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).
Iowa, after giving up 54 points in the first half, only allowed 36 and 7 in the second half and overtime, respectively.
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.
IL has been able to stay in games with its offense faltering because of three things - aggressive ball pressure defense, offensive rebounding and limiting turnovers.
Jordan Bohannon led all scorers with 29 points, his highest point total in a Big Ten game this season and second highest output of the season (30 vs. UAB). Iowa moves to 10-9 overall, 1-5 in Big Ten action. Their Big Ten Conference record is a miserable 0-5.
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.
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Garza scored 13 of his 19 points in the last five minutes of regulation and in overtime as the Hawkeyes showed tremendous resilience. 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. Black and Aaron Jordan added 18 points each.
Both teams struggled to take care of the ball recording 63 combined turnovers in the game. Jennifer Nehls neared a double-double as she was the fourth Panther to reach double-figures with 10 points and eight rebounds. Taylor Roberts scored 18 points with seven rebounds. He made 7 of 11 3-pointers.
Iowa managed to secure the win despite losing the turnover battle, 17-14, and only recording 14 assists (Illinois dished out 22 dimes).
Four SIUE Cougars scored in double figures, but Belmont spoiled their Ohio Valley Conference home opener 76-61 on Thursday at the Vadalabene Center. The Illini have recorded losses in their last two games, falling to Minnesota and MI in that time. It was the fifth time Iowa has rallied from down at least 18 points to pull out a victory. He had played well up until that point, and he was looking for the opportunity.
"We were really good in the first half and that was fun to watch".