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Ekey's 3 lifts Illinois over No. 24 Iowa 66-63

Illinois center Maverick Morgan, center, looks to drive between Iowa's Melsahn Basabe, left, and Aaron White, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Jon Ekey hit a 3-pointer in the final second to lift Illinois to a 66-63 victory over No. 24 Iowa on Saturday night.

Rayvonte Rice scored 15 points to lead the Illini (18-13, 6-12 Big Ten), who notched consecutive road wins against ranked opponents for the first time since 2005.

Iowa's Roy Devyn Marble — the Big Ten's leading scorer — was held to eight points on 3-of-11 shooting. The Hawkeyes (20-11, 9-9) have lost five of their last six games.

Ekey's 30-foot game-winner left only a half-second on the game clock. An Iowa foul with 13.8 seconds left had reset the shot clock and gave Illinois the final shot.

Ekey hit another big 3-pointer with 3:03 left to give the Illini a 63-59 lead. A layup by Marble and Gabe Olaseni's putback with 41 seconds left tied the game at 63.

Illinois' Nnanna Egw scored 14 points. Aaron White led Iowa with 12 points.

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