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.
Iowa travels to Rutgers on Wednesday
Illinois plays at Nebraska on Monday.