McBride leads No. 8 Illinois past No. 20 Iowa
Champaign, IL (Sports Network) – Rich McBride scored 15 points, including 4-
for-5 from behind the arc, to help lift the eighth-ranked Illinois Fighting
Illini past the 20th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, 71-59, in a Big Ten clash at
Brian Randle added 13 points and James Augustine contributed 12 points and
seven rebounds for Illinois (23-5, 9-5), which has won three of its last four
Greg Brunner led all scorers with 27 points and he pulled down seven rebounds
for Iowa (20-8, 9-5), which has lost two straight games. Jeff Horner added 11
points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Hawkeyes.
Trailing by five at halftime, Brunner completed a three-point play to pull the
Hawkeyes within three at 35-32 early in the second half. But a three-pointer
from Dee Brown followed by a jumper from Augustine pushed Illinois’ lead to
eight at 40-32.
Iowa again pulled within four, but the Illini went on an 8-2 run capped by a
tip-in from Randle to take a 48-38 lead with over 13 minutes left in the game.
After both teams traded baskets, a 6-0 spurt by Illinois opened a 61-45
advantage with just under six minutes left. Brunner converted a three-point
play with 3:11 left to pull Iowa within 63-52, but Illinois hit six of its
eight free-throw attempts down the stretch to seal the win.
After a Henderson layup gave Iowa its biggest lead at 12-6 early in the
contest, Illinois fought back and tied the game at 15-15. A three-pointer by
Tony Freeman gave Iowa an 18-17 advantage, but that was the last time the
Hawkeyes held the lead.
A Warren Carter dunk gave the Illini a 19-18 lead. A Brunner jumper later in
the half pulled the Hawkeyes within one at 28-27, but Illinois outscored Iowa
6-2 to take a 34-29 lead into halftime.
Illinois holds a 73-65 lead in the all-time series, and has won nine of the
last 12 meetings with the Hawkeyes. However, it was Iowa which prevailed in
the most recent encounter, dominating the Illini en route to a 63-48 triumph
in Iowa City back on January 7th. Illinois has controlled the series in
Champaign, logging a 56-14 mark, which includes victories in six straight and
17 of the last 18 meetings.