Luka Garza, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, bounced back from a slow start to score 25 points and No. 18 Iowa clamped down in the final four minutes to beat No. 19 Illinois 72-65 on Sunday.
Garza, who added 10 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season, didn’t have a point in the first 15 minutes. He wound up making four 3-pointers on nine attempts, both career highs, and shot 9 of 16 overall.
Garza had 11 points in a 13-2 run that erased an early eight-point lead from the Illini.
Illinois (16-6, 8-3), which had won seven in a row, led 62-61 with 4:03 to play. But the Hawkeyes (16-6, 7-4) then shut out the Illini until Ayo Dosunmu hit a 3 with four seconds left.
Iowa made five of its last seven shots. Joe Wieskamp and CJ Fredrick each had 18 points for the Hawkeyes.
Andres Feliz led Illinois with 17 points. Trent Frazier had 12 points and Dosunmu 11.
The Illini fell back into a tie for first place with Michigan State. The Illini, Spartans and Maryland have three losses in conference play.
Iowa got back within one game of the Big Ten lead.
The Illini play host to Maryland on Friday.