Iowa vs. Encore for Illinois: Ayo Dosunmu, Kofi Cockburn and Luka Garza, who live up to the hype of the preseason

CHAMPAIGN, Ill – A racehorse basketball game with 22 leadership changes triggered a changed official call that was a horse in many Hawkeye heads

No 7 Iowa (12-4, 6-3 Big Ten) lost a second straight game for the first time this season, 80-75 to No 19 Illinois (11-5, 7-3) Friday night at the State Farm Center

Ayo Dosunmu led the Illinois by 25 points to guard Trent Frazier added a season high of 24 Joe Wieskamp and Luka Garza had 19 points apiece for the Hawkeyes

Kofi Cockburn from Illinois was called to the goalkeeper with 1:06 left because of a Wieskamp shot Wieskamp would have hit a putback if the call had not been made If the call had been made, the basket would have reduced the lead of the Illinois to 76-74, but he was knocked over after a five minute review by officials. Iowa flipped the ball after review

“It was just frustrating for me,” said Wieskamp. “Even if it was a block, I got the rebound and put it back in. Either way, it should have been two points”

The Hawkeyes were 23 seconds ahead of 78-72 but found themselves back in a position to tie the game after Jordan Bohannon made a 3-pointer and Iowa forced an Illinois turnover 11 seconds to go

Bohannon missed a 3, Cockburn rebounded and missed the front of a one-and-one. But Jack Nunge failed to catch the rebound, Cockburn grabbed it and made two fouls to secure the win

Illinois scored the first five points of the second half, opening up a 48:41 lead and the game’s complexion seemed to have changed when Garza received his third foul 17:30 minutes ahead and put him on the bench in Nunge’s favor p>

However, Nunge gave the Hawkeyes an excellent defense in the following seven minutes without Garza, blocking three shots at that distance and Illinois’ lead was only 59-58 at 10:20 timeout when Garza returned

Garza got his fourth foul with four minutes to go and the game ended with 69. He was signed for Nunge but came back 3:21

The first half ended 43:41 ahead of Illinois. The half had 14 changes in leadership and four draws Dosunmu and Garza had 10 points each in the first seven minutes, and Iowa’s Connor McCaffery set his season high for points in one game when he came after a four -Points game reached nine points with 12:29 in the half

Joe Toussaint followed McCaffery on a show jumper to put Iowa in the lead 26:20 and the Hawkeyes had a chance to lead by eight points, but Keegan Murray missed a layup

Illinois turned the miss into a quick basket Frazier hit and started a 12-2 run from Illinois It was one of five Illinois Fastbreak Scores in the half

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Iowa peeled off the next five points to regain the lead, however, it was back and forth for the rest of the half Dosunmu swung a 3-pointer with 2:29 left for a 38-36 Illinois lead and to get to 19 points in the half bring, but Garza hit a Trey on the other end to bring the Hawkeyes back to the front

Illinois led in half as Frazier made a 3-point one-handed attempt to narrowly strike a shot clock injury with 7 2 seconds in the half Frazier shrugged Michael Jordan at the bench in Iowa after the shot hit the Basket had fallen

Murray, the freshman at Cedar Rapids, got his first career start because second security guard, CJ Fredrick, was removed from the game for a lower leg injury.Murray had eight points and eight rebounds.Fredrick had started all 15 previous games from Iowa

Iowa’s next game is Tuesday at home against Michigan State (8-5, 2-5 Big Ten), the time has not yet been set. The Spartans will play in Ohio on Sunday afternoon

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