No. 23 Iowa blows past Wisconsin
Iowa City, IA (Sports Network) – Jeff Horner tallied 22 points as the 23rd-
ranked Iowa Hawkeyes pulled away in the second half to defeat the Wisconsin
Badgers, 59-44 at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Adam Haluska scored 16 points for the Hawkeyes (22-8, 11-5 Big Ten), who broke
a school record for home wins in a season, going 17-0 at the Carver-Hawkeye
Arena. Greg Bunner added seven points while Doug Thomas grabbed nine rebounds
off the bench.
If Ohio State loses to Purdue on Sunday, Iowa would tie for the Big Ten
regular season title and possess the top seed in the conference tournament.
The Hawkeyes clinched at least a second seed.
Kammron Taylor scored 11 points an Alando Tucker added 10 for the Badgers
(19-10, 9-7), who lost for the third time in their last four games. Ray Nixon
scored nine points in the loss.
Iowa ran Wisconsin out of the building in the second half, going on a 14-2 run
that pushed the Hawkeyes’ lead to 18 with less than eight minutes left to
play. Thomas’ dunk capped the run for Iowa. Wisconsin didn’t threaten the
rest of the way.
The Badgers struggled from the field in the second half, not making their
first basket until six minutes into the period.
For the game, Wisconsin shot just 29 percent from the field, while Iowa shot
Trailing by nine midway through the first half, the Hawkeyes rolled off a 9-0
run to tie the game, 16-16, with five and 1/2 minutes to play. Horner and Alex
Thompson drained treys to lead the scoring for Iowa.
The Hawkeyes led by a basket at the break, 24-22.
Thompson finished the game with three points and four rebounds for the
Hawkeyes…Iowa outrebounded Wisconsin, 42-34…Wisconsin won the previous
meeting between the teams, 66-52.