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Iowa beats Illinois 96-87 at Big Ten Tournament

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The first Big Ten tournament game at Madison Square Garden featured a couple of teams that were a combined 1,655 miles -- give or take -- away from home and a kid from Iowa having a blast on the big stage.

The Big Ten opened a five-day run at the "Mecca of Basketball" with Jordan Bohannon leading Iowa past Illinois 96-87 on Wednesday night. Bohannon scored 25 points and had six assists, including a bounce pass to Luka Garza for a jam with 34 seconds left to keep the Illini at bay.

"This is my first time being here," said Bohannon, the 6-foot sophomore from Marion, Iowa. "Something you always want to do when you're growing up. Something you think about, playing in Madison Square Garden. You think about the people that played here before you and currently playing here."

The 12th-seeded Hawkeyes (14-18) got solid work inside from Tyler Cook (19 points, five rebounds) and Garza (20 and eight) to go with the accurate shooting of Bohannon. The sophomore was 5 for 7 from 3-point range. Iowa will face fifth-seeded Michigan on Thursday.

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