MADISON, WI (WSAU) The Wisconsin men’s basketball team ended three straight losses to Iowa with a 74-70 victory over the Hawkeyes in double overtime last night in Madison. The Badgers came back from nine points down late in regulation – missed two late three-pointers to force a second overtime – and then went 6-for-6 in the game’s final 24 seconds to seal the victory.
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said both teams made crucial mistakes at the wrong times, because everyone was playing so hard. The Badgers went ahead for good with 1:35 left in the second O-T, when Sam Dekker hit a three-pointer. Both Wisconsin and Iowa shot an identical 33-point-eight percent from the floor, and each committed a dozen turnovers. Wisconsin had only a slight rebounding edge at 45-44.
Ben Brust scored a game-high 18 points for the Badgers, and Jared Berggren had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Mike Gesell was Iowa’s top scorer with 14.
The Hawkeyes dropped to 3-and-7 in the Big Ten and 14-and-9 overall. Wisconsin improved to 7-and-3 in the conference and 16-and-7 overall.
The Badgers are now tied for fourth place with Ohio State, just a game-and-a-half behind top-ranked Indiana. Wisconsin will host third-ranked Michigan on Saturday. The Marquette men moved back into a first-place tie in the Big East Conference with a 70-to-47 rout at South Florida last night. The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 20-point lead with seven minutes to go in the first half. The lead was 23 at the break, and it was no contest after that.
24th-ranked Marquette out-shot South Florida 45-to-35 percent, and the Eagles made 86-percent of their free throws to just 69-percent for the Bulls. Vander Blue and Todd Mayo each scored 13 points, as Marquette improved to 7-and-2 in the Big East, tied for the league lead with Syracuse. Louisville’s a half-game back.
Zach LeDay was the only scorer in double figures for South Florida. He had 14. The Bulls dropped to 1-and-9 in the conference and 10-and-12 overall.
Marquette is now 16-and-5 overall, and will host DePaul on Saturday.
Tonight, the U-W Milwaukee men entertain Detroit, while Green Bay hosts Wright State. In women’s basketball, Wisconsin is at Ohio State. Milwaukee is at Illinois-Chicago. U-W Green Bay plays at Loyola. And the Parkside women-and-men are at Kentucky Wesleyan.