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Heartland Heartbreak: Badgers rally falls short in Iowa City

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 Iowa 34 36 70
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 • George Marshall: 20 Pts 7-10 FG
 • Sam Dekker: 13 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast 5-8 FG
 • Jared Berggren: 8 Pts, 5 Reb 4-9 FG
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 FG Percentage .431 .431
 3-Point FG Percentage .348 .200
 FT Percentage .667 .828
 Offensive Rebounds 11 8
 Defensive Rebounds 23 25
 Total Rebounds 34 33
 Turnovers 12 7
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Jan. 19, 2013

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Winners of seven in a row, the Badgers entered Iowa City riding a tidal wave of momentum.

That wave hit land Saturday night. The Badgers dug themselves too big of a hole and not even a frantic comeback could salvage UW's, 70-66, loss at the hands of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

"Iowa is as good as any team we've played," Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. "There are good teams in the Big Ten and Iowa just proved why they are a very good team."

The immergence of redshirt-freshman George Marshall countered what was a forgetful night for the Badgers in the first half. Wisconsin shot 23.1 percent from the field in the first half and rode Marshall's hot hand, hitting 59.4 percent in the final 20 minutes of action. 

 Fast Facts
• UW is last Big Ten team to lose in league play
• Badgers cut Iowa's 20-point lead to 3 w/ less than a minute remaining
• Marshall records career-high 20 points in 15 minutes of action

Marshall scored all of his career-high 20 points in the second stanza and guided the UW rally that eventually fell short.

UW trailed by 20 points late in the first half and as many as 15 (52-37)  with eight minutes to go. Wisconsin jump started its comeback with a pair of 3-pointers from senior Mike Bruesewitz and Marshall.

After cutting the lead to 10 points with 4:33 remaining, UW outscored Iowa 19-12, hitting 10 of its final 11 shots and coming within three points of the lead.

Marshall spearheaded the run, scoring 16 points during the final 4:33. A Marshall 3-pointer cut Iowa's lead to 66-63 with 24 seconds left.

On the ensuing inbounds pass, sophomore Traevon Jackson nearly got the ball back for UW during a potential tie-up. The sequence resulted in a foul on Jackson and the Hawkeyes sealed the game by hitting a pair of free throws.

Freshman Sam Dekker added 13 points, four rebounds and four assists for the Badgers.

"Our seniors really struggled, but it's not their fault," Ryan added. "Sometimes when (the seniors) struggle the other players need to pick up the slack.

"If you aren't getting it from one place, you have to get it from another. Iowa was spread out. They did a good job of guarding our shooters."

Aaron White scored 17 points and Devyn Marble added 13 for the Hawkeyes, which picked up their biggest win of the season on the 20th anniversary of the death of former player Chris Street.

With the loss, Wisconsin falls a half game behind Michigan State for first place in the Big Ten. The Spartans visit the Kohl Center on Tues., Jan. 22. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.

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