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Iowa’s wild rally sinks Wildcats

Illini win 3rd straight; Huskers, Badgers, Huskies all fall on road

Jordan Bohannon hit a 3-pointer
with 0.6 seconds left to lift No. 20 Iowa to an 80-79 victory over
Northwestern on Sunday at Carver-
Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.

The Hawkeyes trailed 72-57 with 4:30 to play after Dererk Pardon scored a layup for the Wildcats. But after five free throws, a Bohannon 3 kicked-started a game-ending 18-5 run that culminated in his long-range game-winner with less than 1 second to play.

Freshman Joe Weiskamp led Iowa (19-5, 8-5 Big Ten) with 21 points, while Tyler Cook added 19 points and 11 rebounds. Isaiah Moss had 15 points, three assists and two steals, and Bohannon finished with 15 points and three assists; he was 3-for-4 from 3-point range.

Vic Law scored a game-high 24 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished three assists to lead Northwestern (12-11, 3-9), which led 41-35 at halftime after a back-and-forth first half. Ryan Taylor had 16 points and three assists, A.J. Turner scored 15 points, and Pardon added 13 points and seven rebounds.

Saturday’s games

Illinois 99, Rutgers 94, OT: Freshman big man Giorgi Bezhanishvili scored a career-high 35 points – 29 of them coming in the second half – to lead the Illini to on overtime victory in Champaign.

It was the third consecutive win for Illinois (9-15, 5-8 Big Ten), and the fourth in its last five games.

Bezhanishvili’s free throw put Illinois up 93-92 in overtime, his jumper
on the next possession made it 95-92 with 2 minutes left, and the Illini held on from there.

Bezhanishvili’s total broke the Illinois freshman single-game scoring record, set by Deon Thomas in 1990. The two met at midcourt at the buzzer and hugged for several seconds.

Trent Frazier added 17 points, and Ayo Dosunmu had 12 for Illinois, which was 49 percent (36-for-73) from the floor.

Caleb McConnell led the Scarlet Knights (11-12, 4-9) with 25 points. Montez Mathis scored 17, and Ron Harper Jr. and Geo Baker added 15 each. Eugene Omoruyi grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for Rutgers (11-12, 4-9), which shot 47 percent (37-for-79) from the field.

No. 15 Purdue 81, Nebraska 62: Carsen Edwards scored 27 points, and Grady Eifert added a season-high 16 as the Boilermakers pulled away to beat the Cornhuskers after a lackluster first half in West Lafayette.

Purdue (17-6, 10-2 Big Ten), which has won eight straight overall and 14 in a row at home, used one quick flurry early in the second half to take control. Ryan Cline started it with a 3-pointer. Eifert’s steal which led to Nojel Eastern’s layup and Eifert and Cline capped the 11-3 run with 3s that gave Purdue a 50-38 lead with 13:41 left.

Thomas Allen made five 3-pointers and matched his season-best with 18 points to lead the Huskers (13-11, 3-10). James Palmer Jr. finished with 17 points for Nebraska, which has lost seven straight – including all four since losing Isaac Copeland on
Jan. 26 with a torn ACL in his left knee.

No. 7 Michigan 61, No. 19
Wisconsin 52: Jon Teske had 17 points and 12 rebounds while holding his own inside against Ethan Happ, and Charles Matthews scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half to lift the Wolverines past the Badgers in Ann Arbor.

The Big Ten-leading Wolverines (22-2, 11-2) avenged one of their only losses this season despite going 0-for-10 from 3-point range in the second half. Michigan led 51-50 in a tight defensive struggle before pulling away with eight straight points.

Happ had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Wisconsin, but Wisconsin (17-7, 9-4) had its six-game winning streak snapped. That run began with a 64-54 win over then-undefeated Michigan last month.

The Badgers hung around until late, before Matthews put Michigan up 55-50 with a shot from the baseline. He then beat the shot clock with another jumper, making it 57-50 with 23.8 seconds to go.

E. Michigan 57, N. Illinois 49: Paul Jackson had 23 points to lead Eastern Michigan past the Huskies in Ypsilanti.

Elijah Minnie had 11 points and three blocks for Eastern Michigan (10-13, 4-6 Mid-American Conference). Boubacar Toure added 10 rebounds and three blocks, and James Thompson IV had 10 rebounds.

Dante Thorpe had 13 points for NIU (12-12, 5-6), which led 27-24 at halftime before scoring a season-low 22 points in the second half.

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