Demetri McCamey fights for a loose ball with Iowa's Jake Kelly during the first half. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
March 1, 2008
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Shaun Pruitt scored 18 points as Illinois defeated Iowa 58-47 Saturday.
The Illini went on a 16-5 run midway through the first half to take control of the game and never looked back.
Illinois (12-17, 4-12 Big Ten) led by as many as 11 during the second half.
Iowa (12-18, 5-12) pulled to within five at 45-40 on a Tony Freeman free throw with 6:11 remaining, but Trent Meacham sank a 3-pointer to push Illinois' lead to eight.
Freeman again brought Iowa to within five on a three-point play with 2:21 remaining, but the Hawkeyes would get no closer.
Shaun Pruitt got credit for a basket on a goaltending call, and Meacham added a pair of free throws to stretch Illinois' lead to nine.
The Illini sank their last six free throws to put the game away.
Freeman led Iowa with 21 points.