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Iowa’s slide continues with loss to Badgers

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Iowa’s slide continues with loss to Badgers

Wisconsin’s Jordan Hill, left, and Iowa’s Anthony Clemmons scramble for a loose ball. The Badgers improved to 10-5 in the Big Ten with the win.


IOWA CITY (AP) — Bronson Koenig scored 15 points and Wisconsin upset eighth-ranked Iowa 67-59 Wednesday night, handing the Hawkeyes their third loss in four games.

Nigel Hayes had 10 points for the Badgers (18-10, 10-5 Big Ten), whose streak of nine wins in 10 games includes a victory in Iowa City that should help their NCAA tournament hopes immensely.

Zak Showalter’s layup with 1:15 left put Wisconsin ahead 64-58, and a steal and two free throws by Koenig put the game out of reach.

Peter Jok scored 21 points and Adam Woodbury had 18 rebounds for Iowa (20-7, 11-4), which fell a full game behind league-leading Indiana after shooting 27 percent in the second half.

Iowa entered play in control of its destiny in the Big Ten race, largely because it hosts Indiana next Tuesday.

The Hawkeyes don’t have that luxury anymore.

Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff picked up his fourth foul with the game tied 56-56 with 5:40 left, leaving the Hawkeyes without their best player for three minutes down the stretch. Koenig and Hayes then hit crucial 3s, giving the Badgers a 62-58 lead with 1:42 remaining, and Uthoff missed the front end of a one-and-one.

Uthoff finished with 11 points on 3 of 12 shooting.

Jok kept Iowa within a point — 35-34 at halftime — even though the Hawkeyes let Wisconsin shoot 52 percent while turning it over eight times.

But Uthoff, who was held to one first-half basket, drilled a 30-footer to beat the shot clock and put Iowa ahead 41-35.

Wisconsin hung around, though, and Khalil Iverson’s emphatic dunk gave it a 53-51 lead with just under nine minutes left.

The Badgers closed with an 11-3 run, improbably putting them two games back of the Big Ten leaders.

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