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Big Ten Tournament: Iowa, Ohio State, Illinois advance

March 8, 2002

Indianapolis - The second round of the Big Ten Tournament witnessed its first big upset.

No. 9 seed Iowa (18-14 overall, 5-11 Big Ten) knocked off No. 1 seed Wisconsin 58-56 Friday at Conseco Fieldhouse. Iowa guard Luke Recker scored the Hawkeyes’ final 16 points including a fall-away jumper from 17 feet out with 1.4 seconds left.

Recker led all scorers with 28 points while recording five steals. Forward Glen Worley was the only other Hawkeye to reach double digits with 10 points.

Iowa forward Duez Henderson converted a three-point play to knot the score at 56 with 41.5 second left in the game. And with 6.5 seconds left Iowa forward Reggie Evans swatted Badger guard Devin Harris’s pass and Henderson recovered it.

Guard Chauncey Leslie intercepted Wisconsin’s final inbound pass to end the game.

Wisconsin (18-12, 11-5) was led by forward Kirk Penney who scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

Iowa advances to the semi-finals where it will play No. 4 seed Indiana (20-10, 11-5) at 1:45 p.m. Saturday.

In Friday’s third game, No. 2 seed Ohio State defeated No. 10 seed Michigan 75-68. Five Buckeyes reached double figures in the win as the team combined to shoot 48.1 percent from the field.

After scoring 26 points against Northwestern on Thursday, U-M guard LaVell Blanchard dropped another game high of 24 points. He also added seven rebounds as forward Bernard Robinson and center Chris Young each contributed 10 points.

The Buckeye’s move on to meet No. 3 seed Illinois (24-7, 11-5) at 4:05 p.m. Saturday.

Illinois advanced to that game by blowing out sixth-seeded Minnesota 92-76 in Friday’s night cap.

Illini guard Cory Bradford recorded a game high 25 points. Guard Frank Williams went 0-for-1 shooting with two pairs of free throws, but he tallied 11 assists.

Forward Dusty Rychart led the Golden Gophers (17-12, 9-7) with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Big Ten freshman of the year Rick Rickert scored 10 points and shot 3-of-8 from the field.

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