Finke scores 17 off bench as Illinois handles Iowa 76-64

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - 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 and Peter Jok added 10.

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.


Iowa: The Hawkeyes are in a slump after their impressive win over Purdue. Iowa will have a couple easy games before facing some teams at the top of the Big Ten standings.

Illinois: The Illini won a game they desperately need if they have any hope of making the NCAA Tournament. Illinois faces Penn State before Wisconsin, Minnesota and Northwestern appear on the schedule.


Iowa has a few days to relax before the Hawkeyes host Ohio State Saturday.

Illinois travels to State College to face Penn State Saturday.


More AP college basketball: