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Hawkeyes top Illinois in OT to get first Big Ten win

After falling behind by 20 points in the first half, Iowa rallied to earn a 104-97 overtime victory over Illinois in a desperate battle between the Big Ten?s last winless teams Thursday night at State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.


After Illinois freshman point guard Trent Frazier rattled home a running 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime, Iowa scored the first 10 points of the extra session to gain control.


Sophomore guard Jordan Bohannon paced the Hawkeyes (10-9, 1-5) with 29 points, one shy of his career-high.


Sophomore forward Tyler Cook added 21 points and 13 rebounds for his second double-double of the year while freshman center Luke Garza posted 19 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double.


Illinois (10-8, 0-5) received a career-high 27 points from Frazier, who entered the night with 18 3-pointers in 17 games but canned 7 of 11 shots from 3-point range.


Junior forward Leron Black posted 18 points before fouling out and junior guard Aaron Jordan added 18 points off the bench.


Illinois? early 13-0 run seemed to set the game?s tone. Black and sophomore forward Kipper Nichols scored four points apiece as the Illini surged to a 15-4 lead.


Meanwhile, Iowa went scoreless for 5:09 as the Hawkeyes missed eight shots - including a Cook dunk - and committed five turnovers.


Black, Illinois? leading scorer, picked up two early fouls and took a seat with 11:09 left in the first half, but it didn?t slow the offense.


When Frazier flushed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 3:53 to go in the first half, he gave Illinois a 49-29 lead and pushed the host?s 3-point percentage to .727 (8-of-11) for the half.


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.


Iowa needed just 2:08 to reel off the first 10 points of the second half and force Illinois to call a timeout to pick up the pieces.


Junior forward Nicholas Baer (10 points) and Bohannon swished back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 54-51 with 17:52 to go.


Sophomore forward Cordell Pemsl?s layup with 12:06 left pulled Iowa even at 66-66 - the game?s first tie since 4-4 as the Hawkeyes needed less than 12 minutes to erase Illinois? 20-point lead.


Illinois rode Black for 14 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but he picked up his fourth foul with 9:27 left and took a seat again with Illinois up 74-72.


Black?s departure stunted Illinois? offense this time around while Iowa kept attacking.


Baer?s 3-pointer pulled Iowa into a 79-79 knot with 5:45 left and Garza?s layup with 3:02 to go pushed the Hawkeyes to their first lead since 4-2 at 18:32 of the first half.


Next for the Hawkeyes is a trip to Louis Brown Athletic Center to face Rutgers on Jan. 17.