CHICAGO — The threes fell and never stopped falling for Iowa.
The Hawkeyes connected on 12 triples to beat Illinois 83-62 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament at the United Center in Chicago to end the season for the Illini.
It was a bit of Déjà vu from a Jan. 20 meeting where the Hawkeyes hit 15-of-21 from 3-point land.
The Illini (12-21) trailed by just six points at halftime before the Hawkeyes blew the doors open in the second half, outscoring Illinois 46-31. By the time there were two minutes left in the game, Illinois head coach Brad Underwood pulled his starters and sent in four walk-ons.
No answer for Iowa
Iowa is on 16-5 run and Illinois can't seem to stop the bleeding. The Hawkeyes are red hot from behind the arc,
Ayo closes half with bucket
Illinois freshman Ayo Dosunmu had a putback off of his own miss with three seconds left before halftime. Iowa leads 37-31 at the break.
Dosunmu has eight and Giorgi Bezhanishvii and Tevian Jones each have six points for Illinois.
Jordan Bohannon has eight for Iowa.
Hawkeyes on 7-0 run
Illinois can't figure out the Iowa zone defense and haven't made a field goal in 4:08. Iowa, on the other side, is on a 7-0 run that includes a Tyler Cook putback dunk. The Hawkeyes lead 37-29 with :30.7 seconds left in the first half.
Iowa still hitting 3s, Illinois still fighting back
After falling behind 10-2, Illinois came back with an 11-0 run to take a 13-10 lead on the Hawkeyes. Iowa then hit the Illini with an 11-0 run of its own. The Hawkeyes have hit five 3s and Illinois has four. Iowa leads 26-20 with 8:48 left in the first half and free throws coming from Giorgi Bezhanishvili.
Fast start for Hawkeyes
Illinois has four turnovers early, including a pair of shot-clock violations and Iowa is out to a 10-5 lead behind six points from Joe Weiskamp.
Ayo Dosunmu came up with a steal and found Giorgi Bezhanishvili for a transition dunk to score the first points of the night for Illinois.
After not coming in until late in the first half Wednesday, freshman Tevian Jones got early minutes and knocked down a 3-pointer for the Illini.