That didn't phase the Hawkeyes, who went on to win 104-97 in overtime collecting their first Big Ten win of the season. Iowa moves to 10-9 overall, 1-5 in Big Ten action. Iowa outrebounded the Illini 45-26, including 20-9 in the second half, and outscored IL 33-11 from the free throw line.
The buzz-beater didn't faze Iowa, as the team took control by scoring the first nine points of OT.
As always, free throws matter, kids.
Iowa ranks 29th in rebounds per game (40.0) while IL ranks 97th (37.4).
IOWA (10-9, 1-5) - Baer 2-7 4-6 10, Garza 5-8 9-9 19, Cook 9-14 3-5 21, Bohannon 7-16 10-10 29, Moss 4-11 4-4 12, Kriener 2-2 1-2 5, Nunge 0-0 0-0 0, Pemsl 2-2 0-0 4, Wagner 0-0 0-0 0, Ellingson 1-3 0-0 2, Dailey 0-1 2-4 2.
Iowa's 20-point comeback was the third-largest in school history, right behind a 22-point deficit against IL in 1987 and a 23-point comeback against Gardner-Webb in 2012.
Despite Fraizer's big shot, the Hawkeyes had the rhythm, the Illini did not. The Hawkeyes made a living at the free-throw line - 33 of their 40 attempts from the stripe - and that was a huge difference-maker when capitalizing on the Illini zone defense. The sophomore went 5 of 12 from 3-point range, but none were bigger than that one. The only larger comeback was a rally from a 22-point margin in a 1987 game in Champaign. "He kept his composure because they came after him". Cook, a Chaminade graduate here in St. Louis, scored 21 points in the game.
Danielle Berry recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Coming into the second half, they were down by 13 points, 54-41.
Iowa first took the lead 83-82 - its first since 4-2 - with 3:01 left in regulation on a 3-point play by Luke Garza.
Iowa was out of sorts in the first half, eventually falling behind by as many as 20 points, but the Hawkeyes started to right the ship leading into half, trimming the deficit to 54-41.
"Frazier is quite a player", McCaffery said. But less than three minutes into the second half, the Hawkeyes changed that tune with emphasis. "We scored the first 10 points of second half, so now it's a two possession game so it's a completely different game with 17 minutes to go". Tyler Cook had 21 points and 13 rebounds and freshman Luka Garza collected 19 points and 11 rebounds, including numerous game's biggest plays in the final 10 minutes.
Timing was off was for IL (10-8, 0-5) even before the tip. Every time IL needed a big shot, Frazier stepped up and made it. Frazier tied the game with a one-legged three at the buzzer in regulation.
Frazier paced IL with 27 points, making 10-of-20 field goals, including seven 3-pointers. On the season, Iowa has defeated opponents by an average of 5.7 points.
Radio: Brian Barnhart (play-by-play) and former Illini Deon Thomas (expert analysis) have the call on the Illini Sports Network on WHMS 97.5-FM, WDAN 1490-AM, WDNL 102.1-FM and WPXN 104.9-FM. IL deserves credit for working its way back from down 87-82 with just over a minute left to force overtime.
IL reeled off 13 straight points in a run in which Iowa missed seven straight shots and also turned the ball over five times and the Illini later added a 10-0 run to seemingly take control.
It would have been easy for Iowa to mail it in in the second half. Tia Wooten was 10-of-10 from the free throw line and finished with a double-double of 18 points and 11 boards. McCaffery said after the game.