Illinois appeared on its way to its first Big Ten win of the season, taking a 20-point lead against Iowa at the State Farm Center. But instead the Hawkeyes came back and posted their first Big Ten win, beating the Illini 104-97 in overtime.
In other H&R sports news, Claire Peters scored 13 points to lead St. Teresa to a win against Sullivan, Decatur Christian is holding a benefit for the American Cancer Society, the Decatur Public Schools are inducting their latest Hall of Fame class and the Chicago Bears hired a new offensive coordinator.
Illini blow 20-point lead
What happened at the State Farm Center Thursday night will be talked about for a long while, too, but for all the wrong reasons.
It will be talked about with frowns, scowls and one-too-many shots of whiskey. It will be talked about like all bad memories that just won’t go away.
Illinois became the last team in the Big Ten without a conference victory, blowing a 20-point first-half lead as Iowa mauled the Illini on the glass and scratched out a 104-97 overtime victory.
Peters leads St. Teresa girls to win
Led by Claire Peters' team-high 13 points, St. Teresa beat Sullivan 63-55 on Thursday night.
St. Teresa (14-4, 3-1) had three players scoring in double-figures as Addison Fyke and Addison Newbon joined Peters with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
DCS hosting ACS benefit
To honor all those affected by cancer, the Decatur Christian boys and girls basketball teams will take part in a double-header benefit for the American Cancer Society Friday when both teams play Bloomington Cornerstone Christian in Eastern Illinois Conference games.
Latest Decatur class to be inducted
The latest class of the Decatur Public Schools Hall of Fame will be inducted during a ceremony at halftime of Friday’s MacArthur at Eisenhower boys basketball game.
The 10-athlete class is the fourth since the DPS Hall of Fame was established in 2016. The 10 players are the late Tony Austin, Ben Cooper, Jerelene (Cummings) Ross, Amber (Creason) Jackson, David Dakin, Jim Minton, Dawn Pitman, Karen Roppa, Tim Smith and Bill Wolfe. Former Eisenhower boys basketball coach Bob Witt will also be inducted.
Bears to hire offensive coordinator
The Bears are expected to hire former Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator. Helfrich has not worked in the NFL previously but he has spent time as an assistant under Chip Kelly and Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter.
He becomes the second coordinator to be hired after the Bears hired Chris Tabor as special teams coordinator on Wednesday.