Illinois holds off Iowa, 76-64
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Michael Finke scored 17 points off the bench and led Illinois in a 76-64 win over Iowa on Wednesday night.
Illinois got off to a quick 10-0 start in the first few minutes of the game and never gave back the lead.
Offense was not a problem in a game where Illinois (13-8, 3-5 Big Ten) looked dominant, shooting 55 percent from the field in the first half and finished shooting 45 percent, including 9-19 from beyond the arc.
The offense thrived with good ball movement – Illinois finished with 18 assists, the second-most this season.
Maverick Morgan added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Nicholas Baer scored led the way for Iowa (11-10, 3-5) with 12 points and Peter Jok added 10.
The Hawkeyes got off to a slow start, shooting under 20 percent from the field for the first eight minutes of the game and 37 shooting percent for the half.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes are in a slump after their impressive win over Purdue. Iowa will have a couple easy games before facing some teams at the top of the Big Ten standings.
Illinois: The Illini won a game they desperately need if they have any hope of making the NCAA Tournament. Illinois faces Penn State before Wisconsin, Minnesota and Northwestern appear on the schedule.
Iowa has a few days to relax before the Hawkeyes host Ohio State Saturday.
Illinois travels to State College to face Penn State Saturday.