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Iowa edges Illinois in Big Ten Tourney opener

INDIANAPOLIS – Iowa slipped by Illinois today in the Big Ten Tournament opener, 64-61.

Senior Matt Gatens hit clutch free throws down the stretch and scored 20 points on 7-12 shooting from the floor.

Iowa trailed by 7 points in the second half before solid play pulled them even.  Iowa was ahead by as much as 7 before Illinois closed to within 1 point.

The win was Iowa’s first since 2006 in the tournament.  Iowa will play #1 seed Michigan State in the second round.

 

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