B1G Hoops: Iowa snaps 15-year skid at Illinois
There were four outstanding Big Ten men’s basketball games on Saturday. Ohio State and Northwestern kicked off the action with one point wins over Wisconsin and Minnesota, respectively. No. 6 Michigan State fell to Georgetown, 64-60, while Iowa capped off the evening with a thrilling 81-74 victory over Illinois. Catch up on all the action in this post.
IOWA 81, ILLINOIS 74 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Gabriel Olaseni had 15 points and 12 rebounds and No. 15 Iowa overcame Illinois’ furious comeback to pull out an 81-74 victory Saturday night. The Hawkeyes (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) led by 21 points just over 12 minutes into the game and were battering the Illini with their bench and Big Ten-best rebounding.
OHIO STATE 59, WISCONSIN 58 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Aaron Craft scored all seven of his points in the final 4 minutes, LaQuinton Ross added 13 for the game, and No. 24 Ohio State got a confidence-boosting win on the road Saturday by beating No. 14 Wisconsin 59-58. Amadeo Della Valle added 11 points for the Buckeyes (17-5, 4-5 Big Ten) in a bruising back-and-forth affair with the Badgers (17-5, 4-5). Sam Dekker missed a 3 at the buzzer for Wisconsin, which suffered a third straight home loss.
NORTHWESTERN 55, MINNESOTA 54 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Drew Crawford scored 17 points and JerShon Cobb pitched in 15 points to help Northwestern win its third game in a row on the road, 55-54 over Minnesota on Saturday. Tre Demps had 11 points for the Wildcats (12-11, 5-5 Big Ten), who moved into fourth place in the conference with their fifth victory in their last seven games. The Gophers (15-7, 4-5) had the ball at the end, but DeAndre Mathieu’s layup was short and Mo Walker’s putback was off, too, before the final buzzer went off.
GEORGETOWN 64, MICHIGAN STATE 60 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Markel Starks scored 16 points and Georgetown ended a five-game losing streak with a 64-60 victory over short-handed and seventh-ranked Michigan State on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Jabril Trawick came up with two big plays late for the Hoyas (12-9) in the late-season nonconference game that was part of the New York area’s celebration of Sunday’s Super Bowl. Michigan State (19-3) played without injured frontcourt players Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson and the Spartans had a tough time shooting.