Beyond the Box: Wisconsin 74, Iowa 70

<b>Ben Brust scored 10 of his game-high 18 points after halftime.</b>

Ben Brust scored 10 of his game-high 18 points after halftime.

Feb. 6, 2013

Iowa did its best to make life difficult for Ben Brust on the perimeter, but the junior guard found a way to a make a difference inside down the stretch of Wisconsin’s 74-70 win in double overtime Wednesday.  He scored 10 of his game-high 18 points after halftime and grabbed five rebounds in the second half and overtime to help the Badgers claw back from what had been a decided advantage on the glass for the Hawkeyes. When the Badgers needed a boost, Brust used a scrappy offensive rebound and put-back to draw the score back to a tie late in regulation and went on to hit 3-of-4 from the free throw line in the final 25 seconds of the second overtime.

Something about the ticking down of the clock brings out the best in Traevon Jackson. The sophomore guard struck again Wednesday with what Matt Lepay would have to describe as a “cold-blooded 3” as the second half was winding down. With the Badgers trailing by three points, Jackson pulled up and drained the triple to knot the score of 58-58 with just 21 seconds remaining, enough to bring the Badgers back and force overtime.

Sam Dekker came in cold but provided the spark the Badgers needed in the second overtime. Called on after Mike Bruesewitz fouled out with 1:56 to play, Dekker didn’t miss a beat despite having been on the bench since the end of regulation. He wasted no time making an impact with a deep 3-pointer from the left wing, splashing the trey to give UW the lead for good, at 67-64, with 1:37 remaining. The bucket was Dekker's first points since the 6:20 mark of the first half and UW's only field goal in overtime.

The Badgers’ free throw woes have been well-documented, but Wednesday’s effort was more reminiscent of the UW club that nearly broke the NCAA record for free throw percentage two seasons ago than the one that has struggled to connect at the charity stripe this year. When it mattered most in a tight game with the Hawkeyes, Wisconsin went 13-for-14 (.929) from the line in the two overtime periods. The Badgers finished 19-of-26 (.731) at the stripe.

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