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Extra, Extra: Badgers protect home court in double-OT win over Iowa

Iowa Wisconsin 74, Iowa 70 (2OT)
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 17,121

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 Statistical Leaders
 • Ben Brust: 18 Pts, 6 Reb 6-14 FG
 • Jared Berggren: 16 Pts, 14 Reb, 7 Blk 5-14 FG
 • Ryan Evans: 15 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast 5-14 FG
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 FG Percentage .338 .338
 3-Point FG Percentage .217 .280
 FT Percentage .682 .731
 Offensive Rebounds 18 15
 Defensive Rebounds 33 34
 Total Rebounds 51 49
 Turnovers 12 12
 2nd Chance Pts 17 20
 Pts In Paint 24 24
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Feb. 6, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's failed attempt at a late rally in Iowa City three weeks ago turned out to be a preview of how things would play out in the rematch.

The only difference on Wednesday at the Kohl Center was the Badgers emerged as the victors.

It took a pair of overtimes, 14 lead changes and six ties, but the Badgers outlasted the Iowa Hawkeyes, 74-40, to improve to 7-3 in the Big Ten and keep pace in the conference title chase. 

 Fast Facts
• Jackson's 3-pointer tied the game with 19 seconds left in regulation 
• Berggren recorded his second career double-double
• UW went 13-for-14 at FT line in both overtimes

"We just hung on, hung on, and hung on some more," UW head coach Bo Ryan said. "To close that gap when we were down nine to get it into the first overtime, that was really gutsy by our guys.

"They'll say it, they didn't quit, but Iowa didn't quit either. We made some shots and gave ourselves a chance."

Two games after not attempting a single free throw at Ohio State, the Badgers went 19-for-26 (.731) from the free throw stripe, hitting 13-of-14 (.929) in the two overtime periods to seal the victory.

Ben Brust scored 18 points, including three key free throws in double overtime, while Jared Berggren tallied his second career double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds, eight of which came on the offensive glass. Berggren also matched a career-high with seven blocks.

Ryan Evans, who finished 5-of-7 (.714) from the line and hit the final two free throws with less than four seconds remaining, posted a 15-point, nine-rebound outing for the Badgers. Traevon Jackson rounded out the double-figure scoring for UW with 13 points, four assists and two steals.

The Badgers trailed by nine with six minutes remaining and it appeared that Wisconsin would lose to Iowa for a fourth-straight time. But an 11-2 run over the next 4:38 knotted the game at 53-53 with 1:40 remaining in regulation.

"We came together and we were talking about how we can do this," Brust said. "We just got a stop and a score, stop and a score and then we were right there.

"From that point on it was just a grind fest - whoever could get to the loose balls and whoever could make a play. We were able to come up on the left side (win column), which was good."

A conventional 3-point play from Iowa's Aaron White allowed the Hawkeyes to regain the lead with 45 seconds remaining but a pair of offensive rebounds and a step-back 3-point shot from Jackson tied the game again with 19 seconds left.

The teams would head to a first overtime after Josh Oglesby's 3-pointer rimmed out for Iowa on the ensuing possession.

Wisconsin and Iowa combined for just eight points in the initial overtime period, as Berggren and Jackson nailed a pair of free throws, respectively, to remain in contention with Iowa and take a 62-62 tie into the second overtime.

The game saw its final tie with 1:56 left in the second overtime, as Aaron White nailed a pair of free throws to knot it up at 64-64. A missed lay-up from Evans led to an offensive rebound and made 3-pointer from Sam Dekker with 1:37 left.

From there, the Badgers would hit seven of their next eight attempts from the free throw line, highlighted by a pair of makes from Evans with four seconds remaining, to secure the comeback win.

Mike Gesell led Iowa (14-9, 3-7) with 14 points and Aaron White added 13.

The Badgers return to the Kohl Center on Saturday as they welcome third-ranked Michigan to the Kohl Center at 11 a.m. (CT) on ESPN.

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