With Authority! No.22 Wisconsin Knocks Off No.14 Iowa, 72-66, to Open B1G Play

With Authority! No.22 Wisconsin Knocks Off No.14 Iowa, 72-66, to Open B1G Play

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With Authority! No.22 Wisconsin Knocks Off No.14 Iowa, 72-66, to Open B1G Play

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Sophomore point guard D’Mitrik Trice scored 20 points and No.22 Wisconsin delivered a come-from-behind 72-66 victory over No.14 Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Friday night in both team’s Big Ten opener.

Brevin Pritzl added 12 points, including a huge 3-pointer in the final minutes, for Wisconsin (7-1, 1-0 Big Ten), which won its Big Ten road opener for the seventh time in the last eight seasons.

It was as tight and tough as the final score indicated. Iowa (6-1, 0-1) gave Wisconsin a rude welcome to Big Ten play, as the Hawkeyes’ frontcourt racked up the post points, cleaned up the glass and drew the contact.

Holding a 38-32 rebounding edge, including 11-5 on the offensive glass, Iowa drew 16 fouls on UW’s frontcourt. Iowa spent the final 10 minutes of the second half in the bonus and went 9-for-13 from the line with that edge.

One of those makes came on a 3-point play from Joe Wieskamp with 3:13 remaining, putting the Hawkeyes up 61-60 following a 5-0 run. Iowa had two more possessions to add to its lead. When they failed, Pritzl delivered a gut punch with a corner 3-pointer, giving UW a 63-61 lead with 1:35 remaining.

Jordan Bohannon (11 points) cut the lead to 65-63 with 45.8 seconds left and drawing Ethan Happ’s fifth foul, preventing the senior from recording his seventh straight double-double to begin the season (13 pts, 7 rbds, 5 assts, 2 steals, 1 block), and the Iowa junior answered Trice’s 3-pointer at 25.3 with one of his own at 16.6.

But Iowa fouled the wrong two guys to try and force overtime. Brad Davison – an 89.5 percent shooter – hit two free throws with 15.5 seconds left and Trice – 75 percent – scored the final points after Wieskamp’s 3-pointer was off the mark.

Led by Tyler Cook’s 19 points, Iowa finished the game 6-for-24 from 3-point range.

In this same building last January, Wisconsin missed its first nine shots, fell behind 9-0 and couldn’t close the gap in what turned into an 18-point pants kicking.

There was significantly more punch on this trip. Even though the Badgers missed their first four shots from the floor and went only 3-for-11 from 3-point range, Wisconsin muscled its way to 16 points in the paint to forge a 27-all tie at halftime.

The second half was the opposite. Iowa scored 10 of its first 18 points in the paint, including six in a row that sparked a 10-2 run and an 8-point lead.

But as they showed three days earlier, the Badgers have a lot of fight. After chipping away, UW went on a 7-2 spurt to tie the game at 54 with 8:12 remaining. Neither team led by more than five points until the final possession

Wisconsin continues its brief two-game swing in Big Ten play by hosting Rutgers Monday night at the Kohl Center.

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