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Iowa fell behind by 20 points at Illinois, before coming back to win, 104-97 in overtime.

According to the University of Iowa Sports Information, it’s Iowa’s second largest road comeback in school history.

Video from FS1/Big Ten. More game nuggets from Iowa:

Tonight marked the third time in school history that Iowa rallied from at least 20 points to win a game (23 vs. Gardner-Webb in 2012 and 22 at Illinois in 1987). Iowa trailed by 20 points tonight with 3:53 left in the first half.


Iowa scored 104 points tonight, its highest total ever against Illinois dating back to 1908 (previous high was 97 in 1995).


Iowa’s 104 points are its most in a Big Ten game since 1995 against Northwestern (W, 116-77).


Iowa scores 100+ points in a Big Ten road game for the first time since beating Michigan State, 103-87, on March 3, 1998.


Tyler Cook registered his second double-double of the season (21 points, 13 rebounds).


Jordan Bohannon led all scorers with 29 points, his highest point total in a Big Ten game this season and second highest output of the season (30 vs. UAB).


Luka Garza recorded his third double-double of the year with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Garza scored 17 of his 19 points in the 2nd half and overtime.


Iowa returns to actions Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Rutgers. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (CT) in Piscataway, New Jersey.


PLEASANT HILL, Iowa — Thursday morning’s 4:30 wake up call to dogs barking was nothing unusual, “The dogs usually get up around that time to go outside,” said Billy Sowder Jr.   What alarmed him were the doors to his vehicles open in the driveway of his Pleasant Hill home and two licensed firearms, a muzzle loader and .40 caliber Smith & Wesson, missing from his truck.  Billy said, “I went to my gun cabinet and grabbed my AR and quietly walked outside.”   That is when he confronted the suspect breaking into another vehicle in his neighbor’s driveway.  “I asked what are you doing? He immediately took off,” said Billy. He admits to thinking about pulling the trigger right there but didn’t.  He said, “I was hiding behind my neighbor’s smoker and had the shot to take but had no present danger to my life. I had no stand my ground to really support me just shooting the guy running away.”

So Billy chased after the suspect on foot but he lost grip of the rifle in the process.  “I chased after him about 250 yards across Pleasant Hill boulevard and along my neighbor’s land.  The closer I got, I was about 15-20 yards  away when he decided to turn around and shot at me,” said Billy.  The shot was a miss.  He added, “He turned his body, I saw the muzzle flash.”

Billy knew then and there, the chase was over.  “It did sound like it was a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson that was in my truck,” said Billy.  As billy returned to the warmth of his home, he debated whether his actions were courageous or foolish. he says he hopes his actions make thieves aware that his home and cars are not for the taking.  He said, “I don’t want my family to get hurt.  I don’t want this guy getting away thinking he can always come back when my family is here.”  A loving family that Billy is thankful he can come home to as police search for the suspect. “That really puts things in perspective when I got back and hugged my wife and daughter.”

Billy says police have recovered the muzzle loader and a possible backpack used by the suspect.  Police have not found the suspect or the forty caliber handgun.