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February 6, 2008

Hawkeyes drop close one to Wisconsin

IOWA CITY, Iowa(AP) Marcus Landry scored 16 points, Brian Butch added 12 and No. 8 Wisconsin held off Iowa 60-54 on Wednesday night for its 13th victory in 14 games.

Joe Krabbenhoft had eight points and eight rebounds to help the Badgers (19-3, 9-1 Big Ten) pull into a tie for first place in the Big Ten with surprising Purdue.

Iowa didn't make it easy on Wisconsin, staying within one score for most of the second half, but the Badgers hit 10 straight free throws in the final 3:29 to seal their 10th win in 11 meetings with the Hawkeyes (11-13, 4-7).

With Iowa down 54-51 with 59 seconds left, Wisconsin's Marcus Landry blocked Tony Freeman's layup, giving possession back to the Badgers. Jason Bohannon hit two free throws, but Iowa's Jeff Peterson answered with a 3 with 25.6 seconds left.

Krabbenhoft hit another pair from the line to make it 58-54. Justin Johnson then missed a 3, and Landry finished things off with two free throws.

Freeman led Iowa with 18 points, 12 of which came in the first half. Cryus Tate added 15 points and eight boards. The game featured 13 lead changes and seven ties.

Iowa had pulled to 48-47 on Johnson's 3, but Wisconsin hit four free throws to take a 52-47 lead with 3:17 left. Flowers cut through the lane for a layup to push that lead to 54-49, but Tate's putback cut it to 54-51 with 1:33 to go.

Wisconsin jumped ahead briefly, 35-34, on Michael Flowers' 3. But Iowa went back in front 40-37 when Seth Gorney, who was left all alone in the paint, grabbed a rebound and hit a putback midway through the final half. Wisconsin went up 43-40 on Hughes' free throw with 8:43 left, but Iowa quickly pulled even.

From there, neither team led by more one score until Brian Butch drilled a 3 that put Wisconsin ahead 48-44 with 5:21 left. But Butch picked up his fourth foul on Iowa's next possession and was forced to the bench.

Iowa led 29-26 at the break. Freeman drilled his fourth 3 of the half with 21 seconds left to give Iowa a five-point lead, its largest of the game.

Landry had the hot hand for Wisconsin in the early going, scoring 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the first half. His long jumper with seven seconds left before the intermission brought the Badgers within three.

Wisconsin committed just seven turnovers and held Iowa to 35.4 percent shooting from the floor. Johnson, who led Iowa past Ohio State last Saturday by going 8-of-13 from 3-point range, scored just three points on 1-of-9 shooting.

Eastern Iowa was hit by as much as a foot of snow in the 24 hours leading up to the game, forcing Iowa to cancel classes on Wednesday. But the Hawkeyes - who are on pace for the lowest average attendance in the 25-year history of Carver-Hawkeye Arena anyway - let students in for free. Hundreds took the school up on its offer, giving the gym a more rousing feel than could have been expected on such a lousy night outside.

Carver-Hawkeye has been one of the toughest arenas in the Big Ten over the last few years, but not for Wisconsin. The Badgers have won seven of their last nine in Iowa City.




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