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By JAMES ALLAN
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Wisconsin limited the No. 8/8 University of Iowa men’s basketball team to 26.7 percent shooting and 25 second-half points in a 67-59 victory Wednesday night on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
“We didn’t score enough points to win, made too many mistakes, and they beat us,” said senior Adam Woodbury.
After trailing 35-34 at the break, Iowa scored the first seven points of the second half to take a 41-35 lead and force a Badger timeout. The Hawkeyes were on the verge of taking control, but they couldn’t push their lead past six on four different occasions.
Wisconsin got back-to-back 3-point field goals from Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig to tie the game at 51 with 9:36 left. The Hawkeyes went ice cold down the stretch.
Iowa made two of its final 16 field goals and its final eight shot attempts, yet the game was in the balance at the final media timeout.
“I felt we got some pretty good looks and Woody (Woodbury) did a great job of going back and getting us some extra opportunities,” said UI head coach Fran McCaffery. “Peter (Jok) got a little tired and they were up into us a little bit. They did a good job that way.”
Two Peter Jok free throws trimmed the Badger lead to 59-58 with 2:43 remaining, and senior forward Jarrod Uthoff had an open look from 3-point range that didn’t fall. On Wisconsin’s next possession, Hayes connected from the right wing to push the lead to 62-58 and 38 seconds later the Badgers led 66-58.
“They hit timely 3s, we didn’t is what it comes down to,” said McCaffery.
The Hawkeyes shot 32.7 percent for the game, making 18-of-55 field goals, including 5-of-18 from 3-point range. Wisconsin shot 48.1 percent (25-of-52), which included a 10-of-23 effort from long range. Iowa dominated the rebounding, 43-30, which included 20 offensive rebounds, but it converted the extra attempts into just 14 points.
Jok led all scorers with 21 points with 17 coming in the first half. He had 5-of-13 field goals, five 3-pointers, and all eight free throws. Clemmons finished with 13 points, and Uthoff added 11 and five rebounds. Senior Adam Woodbury pulled in 18 rebounds — 10 on the offensive glass.
The defeat is the first for the Hawkeyes in Carver-Hawkeye Arena this season and snaps a 16-game home-court winning streak. Iowa falls to 20-7 overall and 11-4 in Big Ten action. Wisconsin moves to 18-10, 10-5.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair, featuring four ties and seven lead changes. After Iowa stormed out of the gates with a 5-0 start and a 7-3 lead, Wisconsin answered with an 8-3 lead to take its first lead at 11-10. Neither team led by more than three points for the remainder of the half.
Koenig led a pair of Wisconsin players in double figures with 15 points — coming on 4-of-6 3-pointers and three free throws. Hayes added 10 points — 6.7 below his average — but Wisconsin got 23 points from its reserves.
“We did a lot of good things in both of these games, but we didn’t do enough to win or at crunch time,” said McCaffery. “We didn’t get the necessary stops or execute like we needed to.
“We have to do a better job of that and they have to understand that when I’m asking them to do something they haven’t already done. They’ve already proven they can play that way, they just have to get back to playing that way.”
Iowa returns to action Sunday, traveling to Columbus to face Ohio State at 3 p.m. (CT).