Illinois Stuns Iowa at B1G Tournament

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March 10, 2016

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INDIANAPOLIS — Illinois’ Malcom Hill hit a fade away jumper with 1:16 remaining to break a 66-all tie — a basket that was the eventual game-winner — in the Fighting Illini’s 68-66 upset victory over the No. 18/20 University of Iowa men’s basketball team Thursday at the Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.


Hill’s field goal came after the Hawkeyes rallied from a 66-55 deficit with 3 1/2 minutes to play to tie the game at 66 with 1:40 left. Senior Jarrod Uthoff started the rally by completing a three-point play to make the score 66-58 before Iowa’s pressure gave the Illini fits.

Redshirt freshman Nicholas Baer’s poked the ball away from behind before getting rewarded with a fast-break dunk to cut the lead to six with 3:09 left. After Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn’s 3-pointer on the ensuing possession rattled halfway down, Iowa capitalized, using a Dom Uhl 3-pointer to cut the lead to 66-63.

Women's Basketball

1st 2nd Final
Illinois (15-18) 37 31 68
#18/20 Iowa (21-10)
35 31 66
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Statistical Leaders
? Peter Jok – 29 points, 10-16 FG, 4-6 3PT
? Jarrod Uthoff – 21 points, 9-16 FG, 4 rebounds
? Nicholas Baer – 8 points, 5 rebounds
Stats at a Glance
FG Percentage 44.8 40.3
3-Point FG Percentage 43.5 40.0
FT Percentage 100.0 80.0
Total Rebounds 30 40
Points in the Paint 24 20
Points off Turnovers 19 16

Uthoff swatted Jaylon Tate on the next possession before Baer cleaned up an Anthony Clemmons miss with an and-one to tie the game at 66.

With the shot clock winding down, Hill drove to his right and connected on a jumper from the free throw stripe to give Illinois the lead. Iowa’s Mike Gesell left a pull-up jumper short on the ensuing possession, and the Illini secured the rebound and milked the clock.

After getting a defensive stop, Iowa had the ball with 15.2 remaining, but the Hawkeyes couldn’t get off a shot off. Hill picked Gesell’s pocket to force a tie up and the possession arrow was in Iowa’s favor, but with just 2.6 seconds to play. With no timeouts, Iowa threw a contested pass to Uhl, but the ball ricocheted off his hand, giving Illinois the ball and win.

Junior Peter Jok led all scorers with 29 points, tying a career-high. He made 10-of-16 field goals, including four 3-pointers, but he fouled out with four minutes to play on a double technical. Uthoff was the only other Hawkeye in double figures, netting 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting.

Senior Adam Woodbury grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, and Gesell had eight assists, giving him 194 this season to break Iowa’s single-season assists record.

Illinois had a higher field goal percentage (44.8 to 40.3), 3-point percentage (43.5 to 40.0), and made all six of its free throws. Iowa won the rebounding battle, 40-30, but committed 18 turnovers — 7.8 above its season average (10.2).

The Illini stormed out of the gates to the tune of an 11-4 lead early and the score was 22-11 at the 9:33 mark. Uthoff was Iowa’s offense at the start of the game, scoring 11 of the team’s first 13 points.

Jok got going with his first field goal at the 7:10 mark and Gesell followed with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 24-18. Jok then went berserk, scoring 15 straight Iowa points to give the Hawkeyes a 33-30 lead. Illinois led 37-35 at the break after shooting 51.9 percent in the opening half. Jok and Uthoff scored 30 of Iowa’s 35 first-half points.

Iowa tied the game on the first possession of the second half before the Illini regained the lead on a Maverick Morgan jumper 29 seconds later. Illinois pushed its lead to six on a Michael Finke 3-pointer at the 17:08 mark and back-to-back layups from Jalen Coleman-Lands and Kendrick Nunn pushed the lead to 55-47 with 14:31 left.

The Hawkeyes trailed 63-52 with 7:34 left before both teams endured a 3 1/2 minute scoreless stretch. Baer connected on a jumper at the 4:02 mark — the first field goal of the half by a player not named Jok or Uthoff.

Coleman-Lands led Illinois with 17 points — on five 3-pointers — while Nunn and Morgan had 16 points and 14 points, respectively.

Iowa (21-10) will learn its postseason destination Sunday when the brackets for the 2016 NCAA Tournament are revealed live on CBS.

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