The race for the B1G regular season title is getting even more interesting after Sunday’s lone conference game.
Iowa won its sixth game in seven outings on Sunday, as the 18th-ranked Hawkeyes defeated No. 19 Illinois 72-65 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday. The loss for the Illini creates a two-way tie atop the league standings with Michigan State.
The first half was a back-and-forth contest that resulted in Illinois taking a 31-30 advantage into the locker room. It was more of the same in the second half, with the two teams tied at 52-52 with just over seven minutes remaining in the game.
Illinois took a four-point lead at 59-55 with 5:30 to play before Iowa mustered together a 17-6 run to close out the game. With the Hawkeyes owning a 66-62 lead, Luka Garza buried a three-pointer to essentially put the game out of reach.
Garza finished the day with 25 points and 10 rebounds, knocking down 9-of-16 shots. Joe Wieskamp and CJ Fredrick both added 18 points. Iowa got little production from its bench in the win, which didn’t score a single point.
The Illini was led by Andres Feliz off the bench, who had 17 points. Trent Frazier had 12 and Ayo Dosunmu added 11 points.
With the victory, Iowa improved to 16-6 on the season and 7-4 in the B1G. They are tied with Rutgers in the standings and are just one game back from first.
Illinois dropped to 8-3 in conference play and is now tied with Michigan State in the No. 1 spot. The Illini are also 16-6.