Iowa Tops Illinois in Big Ten Tourney


March 8th, 2012 by Jim Field

Matt Gatens made sure his Iowa career didn’t end on Thursday.  The senior made a pair of late free throws to help seal the game as Iowa beat Illinois 64-61 in the first round of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis.  Gatens led the Hawkeyes with 20 points as they rallied from a four point halftime deficit.  Freshman Aaron White had 13 points for Iowa.  The biggest difference in the game was free throw shooting, Iowa was 12 of 19 from the stripe, the Illini never shot a free throw.  Meyers Leonard led Illinois with 18 points, while D.J. Richardson and Joseph Bertrand each had 11.  Iowa out-rebounded Illinois 34-32 and the Hawkeyes had nine steals and only turned the ball over six times.  Iowa improves to 17-15 on the season and advances to the quarter-final round Friday when they will face top seed Michigan State.  The game will tip off Friday morning at 11:00.  You can hear the game live on KJAN with the pre-game beginning at 10:00 am.