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Wisconsin vs. Iowa: Badgers roll through Iowa with 74-63 victory

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The Badgers handled the Hawkeyes in Iowa City Saturday afternoon.

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IOWA CITY, IA -- Saturday afternoon, the Wisconsin Badgers took on the Iowa Hawkeyes for the second time in 11 days. After an 82-50 blowout in Madison on Jan. 20, the Badgers followed up the performance with a well-earned win on the road. Wisconsin came out victorious in Iowa City, beating the Hawkeyes 74-63 and improving to 18-2 overall.

The Badgers' trio of Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes led the team. Kaminsky led Wisconsin in scoring with 24 points and nine rebounds. Dekker was able to find success scoring in the first half with nine points, and finished the game with 11 points and eight rebounds. Nigel Hayes added 14 points for Wisconsin.

In the first half, the game was back-and-forth for the first 10 minutes. After a thunderous dunk by Dekker, the Badgers seemed to find a spark and went on a run, finding success on the offensive glass by out-rebounding the Hawkeyes 15-9, including seven on offense. The Badgers were able to turn those seven offensive rebounds into 10 second-chance points and entered halftime leading 42-36.

"We made some shots," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "I don't know if we had all the types of shots that we wanted. I would've liked to have been at the free throw line more times in the first half."

The Badgers opened the second half with back-to-back field goals, a Kaminsky three and a Bronson Koenig layup. While Iowa tried to claw back into the game, the Badgers never let them get closer than five points with 13:46 remaining in the game. Wisconsin built a 13-5 run over the next six minutes and extended its lead to 13, its largest until the game's waning moments. During that run came a dagger of a shot when Josh Gasser hit a fade-away three from the corner as the shot clock was winding down with 8:47 remaining.

2H WIS J. Gasser made Three Point Jumper.

"The shot clock was running down and the ball ended up being in my hands, so I had to make a play," Gasser said. "I tried to shot fake it to the rim, that's always kind of your first thought, but I was able to get a little separation and just had to let it fly confidently and fortunately it went in."

Iowa cut into the lead late in the game back to eight, going on a 5-0 run with under four minutes remaining, but the Badgers stopped the run and closed out the game. It was Wisconsin's seventh win in conference and third on the road in Big Ten play this season.

Koenig scored eight points and had no turnovers. The Badgers as a team only had six. This was the first game Koenig did not score in double-digits since finding a spot in the starting lineup five games ago. Gasser played the most minutes on the team with 37 and scored 11 points.

"Six turnovers against Iowa, here, that's like having one at our place," Ryan said. "All the venues on the road [are] usually a little tougher."

The Badgers next play Indiana at home on Feb. 3.