Iowa City, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron White pumped in a game-high 29 points as the Iowa Hawkeyes held off the Illinois Fighting Illini for a 68-60 win in a Big Ten Conference matchup at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
White knocked down 8-of-13 shots from the floor for Iowa (18-10, 9-6 Big Ten) as it picked up its third victory in a row. Jarrod Uthoff led all players on the glass with 10 rebounds.
Rayvonte Rice paced the Fighting Illini (17-11, 7-8) with 20 points and nine boards. Ahmad Starks chipped in 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field for Illinois, which has now lost three consecutive outings.
The Hawkeyes took a narrow, 33-32 lead into the intermission after they made good on 44 percent of their field goal tries in the first half. Illinois was outrebounded, 19-15, in the opening 20 minutes of the contest.
White scored 20 of his points and converted 8-of-9 free-throw tries after the break. Iowa limited the visitors to 25 percent efficiency from the floor and led by as many as 12 in the second period. The Fighting Illini assisted only three of their seven makes from the floor after halftime.
Illinois finished 7-of-21 from 3-point range. Iowa outscored the Fighting Illini, 20-15, at the charity stripe.