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College Sports

Iowa rallies to beat Illinois in overtime

Off The Big Ten Schneid

Iowa forward Nicholas Baer (51) goes up with a shot between Illinois guard Aaron Jordan (23) and forward Greg Eboigbodin (11) during overtime of Thursday’s Big Ten game in Champaign, Ill. Iowa won 104-97 in overtime.
Iowa forward Nicholas Baer (51) goes up with a shot between Illinois guard Aaron Jordan (23) and forward Greg Eboigbodin (11) during overtime of Thursday’s Big Ten game in Champaign, Ill. Iowa won 104-97 in 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.

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Iowa travels to Rutgers on Wednesday

Illinois plays at Nebraska on Monday.

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