Led by Efrem Winters' 17 points, Illinois upset 13th-ranked Iowa, 62-61, in a Big Ten game last night in Champaign, Ill.
Iowa (13-5, 4-4) led almost the entire first half, but never by more than seven points. Greg Stokes and Michael Payne of Iowa got their third fouls in the half; Stokes, Iowa's leading scorer, played only eight minutes but the Hawkeyes led at the half, 32-26.
Illinois (15-6, 5-3) never let Iowa get more than a four-point advantage through the first 12 minutes. The game's turning point came with 8:03 to go as Stokes, who was held to 11 points, seven under his Big Ten average, fouled out.
Doug Altenberger then made a free throw to give the Illini a 51-50 lead, their first since the game's opening basket. Illinois held onto the lead until Steve Carfino made a three-point field goal with 3:09 to go, giving the Hawkeyes a 61-59 lead.
Anthony Welch followed with a basket to tie the score. Derek Harper of Illinois scored the game's last point as he made a free throw with 1:37 to go.
"The one big difference in the game was that they took care of the ball better and down the stretch--that's what killed us," said Iowa Coach Lute Olson.