Iowa Men's Basketball

Highlights: Iowa Hawkeyes 96, Illinois Fighting Illini 87 in Big Ten tournament first round

Iowa's Tyler Cook drives past Illinois' Kipper Nichols at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Iowa's Tyler Cook drives past Illinois' Kipper Nichols at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Iowa shot 56.3 percent and advanced to the second round of the Big Ten tournament with a 96-87 win over No. 13 seed Illinois on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in New York City that lasted over 2 1/2 hours.

The 12th-seeded Hawkeyes will play Michigan at approximately 1:30 p.m. central Friday (BTN).

Iowa (14-18) went on a 13-0 run early in the game to go up 17-5 and never trailed after that, even as Illinois (14-18) made 14 of 30 3-point attempts and shot 56.4 percent from the field in the second half.

Despite not making a field goal for over five minutes late in the game, Iowa sealed the win at the free-throw line; the Hawkeyes were 34 of 41 there for the game.

Jordan Bohannon made 5 of 7 3-pointers and led the Hawkeyes with 25 points and six assists. Luka Garza added 20 points and eight rebounds and Tyler Cook and 19 points and five boards.

The Hawkeyes had 18 fewer shots than the Illini and turned it over 18 times but had a 40-20 rebounding advantage and scored 20 second-chance points.

Kipper Nichols poured in 31 points for Illinois on 10-for-18 shooting, including 5-for-9 from 3-point range.

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