With more than a foot of snow covering the ground, the mens basketball team was able to get by Iowa 60-54 at Carver Hawkeye Arena Wednesday night. With the win, the Badgers improve to 19-3 on the season and remain tied with Purdue for the Big Ten lead at 9-1.
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Junior Marcus Landry paced UW with 16 points and six rebounds, while classmate Joe Krabbenhoft nearly had a double-double with eight points and eight boards. Iowa native, Jason Bohannon finished the night with nine points, and was key down the stretch hitting all six free throws he attempted.
The game started out slow and physical and stayed that way throughout. The two teams battled back-and-forth the entire opening period, neither team leading by more than five at any given point. The Hawkeyes went into the locker room with a 29-26 lead, the sixth time this season Wisconsin trailed at the half.
The second half wasnt any different than the first. The physicality increased along with the intensity. The Badgers took the lead at the 16:26 mark with a three-pointer from Michael Flowers who ended the night with nine points and five boards. Iowa answered and the two teams continued to trade baskets over the next eight minutes until UW got out to a 43-40 lead with just over eight minutes to play.
The way it was going, everyone had a sense this game was going to go down to the wire. Brian Butch, who tallied 12 points, knocked down a huge three-pointer at the 5:29 mark and after a couple Bohannon free throws, the Badgers found themselves up 52-47. Wisconsin held the lead over the final two minutes hitting a couple open jumpers and converting six-straight free throws in the final 32 seconds to beat Iowa for the second time this season.
Wisconsins top-ranked defense did its job again, holding the Hawkeyes to only 35 percent shooting from the field, while hitting 43.5 percent of its own shots (20-46). The Badgers dominated down low, out-scoring Iowa 24-14 in the paint even after being out-rebounded 35-31.
The Hawkeyes dropped to 11-13 overall and 4-7 in the Big Ten while being led by Tony Freeman who finished the night with 18 points on 5-of-15 shooting. Cyrus Tate finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Seth Gorney tallied ten points.
Wisconsin returns home Feb. 9 to host Purdue in a game in where sole possession of first-place in the Big Ten will be at stake. Saturdays game is set to start at 8 p.m. CT and will be shown live on the Big Ten Network as well as broadcast on affiliates of the Badger Radio Network, including 1310 AM in Madison.