Michael Finke scored 17 points off the bench and led Illinois in a 76-64 win over Iowa on Wednesday night.
Illinois got off to a quick 10-0 start in the first few minutes of the game and never gave back the lead.
Offense was not a problem in a game where Illinois (13-8, 3-5 Big Ten) looked dominant, shooting 55 percent from the field in the first half and finished shooting 45 percent, including 9-19 from beyond the arc.
The offense thrived with good ball movement - Illinois finished with 18 assists, the second-most this season.
Maverick Morgan added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Nicholas Baer scored led the way for Iowa (11-10, 3-5) with 12 points.
The Hawkeyes got off to a slow start, shooting under 20 percent from the field for the first eight minutes of the game and 37 shooting percent for the half.
>>ISU Remains Unbeaten In Valley Play
Deontae Hawkins and Phil Fayne had 19 points each on Wednesday night, and Illinois State escaped a close contest for its tenth straight win, 71-66 over Indiana State.
The Redbirds (17-4, 9-0 Missouri Valley) pulled away with the final five points of the game at the foul line. The Sycamores (7-14, 1-8) tied it at 66 on Jordan Barnes' 3-pointer with 1:01 to go, but Brenton Scott missed a layup with 26 seconds and Matt Van Scyoc missed a 3-point attempt that would have tied it with 4 seconds to go.
Both teams' largest lead was seven points, and Indiana State held the lead for 18:32 compared to 18:29 for Illinois State.
Hawkins also grabbed 12 rebounds and Paris Lee added 18 points for Illinois State, which extended its home winning streak to 17.
Scott had 15 points; T.J. Bell scored 12 and Van Scyoc 10 for Indiana State.
>>Loyola Downs Bradley
Donte Ingram scored 24 points with six 3-pointers and Loyola (Chicago) used a big second-half run to beat Bradley 70-50 on Wednesday night.
Milton Doyle added 14 points with two 3s for the Ramblers (15-7, 5-4 Missouri Valley), who shot 11 of 21 from behind the arc (52.4 percent) and 27 of 53 from the floor (50.9 percent).
Ingram scored 16 points with four 3-pointers in the first half and Loyola led 34-30 at halftime after five lead changes and four ties.
Tyson Smith's 3-pointer capped an 18-2 run and Loyola led 52-38 in the second half. Ingram and Bruno Skokna each hit 3-pointers in the surge, and the Ramblers led 62-44 with 6:20 left after Ingram and Skokna hit consecutive 3s. Doyle hit his third 3-pointer and Loyola led by 21 with 3:07 to play.
Donte Thomas scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Bradley (8-14, 3-6), which has lost four straight.