Jan. 20, 2015
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By JAMES ALLAN
MADISON, Wis. — No. 5/6 Wisconsin made nine 3-pointers and committed one turnover in handing the 25th-ranked University of Iowa men’s basketball team an 82-50 loss Tuesday night at the Kohl Center.
The Badgers used the 3-point field goal — making six 3-pointers — to build a 35-17 lead at the break and extended their advantage to as many as 34 points late in the second half. Wisconsin shot nearly 50 percent from the floor and made 9-of-22 3-point field goals for the game. Iowa was 20-for-46 for 43.5 percent and went 6-for-15 from 3-point range.
The Hawkeyes, which entered the game averaging 17 free throws and 23 attempts per contest, went 4-for-10 from the charity stripe; Wisconsin was 15-for-20. The Badgers also out-rebounded Iowa, 37-24, had a 36-12 advantage in points in the paint and an 11-1 edge in points off turnovers.
Junior Jarrod Uthoff was the only Hawkeye in double figures, scoring 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Sophomore Trey Dickerson scored eight points off the bench, making 3-for-5 field goals, including two 3-pointers, and handed out a pair of assists.
Four Wisconsin players reached double figures and nine players scored. Sam Dekker finished with 17 points and eight rebounds, Nigel Hayes scored 16, and Bronson Koenig and Frank Kaminsky had 13 points apiece. Kaminsky also had 11 rebounds and six of Wisconsin’s 16 assists for the game.
After playing to a 4-4 tie over the first three minutes, the Badgers unleashed the 3-ball, using 3-pointers from Kaminsky, Koenig, and Josh Gasser to build a 13-4 lead and force an Iowa timeout at the 15:59 mark.
The Hawkeyes trailed 18-11 with just under 10 minutes to play, but Iowa managed just two field goals for the remainder of the half, allowing Wisconsin to build a 21-point first-half lead. Iowa’s final field goal came at the buzzer when Uthoff drained a 3-pointer from half court heading locker room.
The Badgers extended their lead in the second half, despite Iowa shooting at a 61.9 percent clip (13-of-21) over the final 20 minutes. Wisconsin had an answer for nearly every Hawkeye field goal and then some.
Iowa (13-6, 4-2) returns to action Saturday at Purdue. Game time is set for 11:06 a.m. (CT) from Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana.