upends No. 22 Wisconsin 59-57
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[March 03, 2017]
MADISON, Wis. -- Iowa freshman
Jordan Bohannon spent part of his childhood watching older brothers
Jason and Zach Bohannon compete on Wisconsin basketball teams.
So for the rookie from Marion, Iowa, to hit a game-winning 3-pointer
against the Badgers with his family in attendance at the Kohl Center
was a special experience. Jason played at Wisconsin from 2006-10 and
Zach was on the Badgers roster from 2012-14.
Jordan Bohannon drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing with 9.7
seconds left to help Iowa upset No. 22 Wisconsin 59-57 on Thursday
"This game meant a lot to me, for us to be able to get this win,"
Bohannon said. "I was pretty much a Badgers fan my entire life
growing up. I was lucky to know that I was finally able to follow my
dreams to play at Iowa."
Wisconsin's loss gave Purdue the Big Ten regular-season title
Bohannon's performance came as no surprise to Iowa coach Fran
McCaffery. Bohannon scored 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting from
3-point range on Feb. 25 in the Hawkeyes' 83-69 victory over
"I started watching the kid when he was in seventh grade and just
fell in love with his game," McCaffery said. "He consistently makes
the kind of plays that you saw him make tonight because he just
Sophomore forward Nicholas Baer scored a team-high 14 points for the
Hawkeyes (17-13, 9-8 Big Ten), who extended their winning streak to
three games. Baer got the defensive rebound and had the assist to
Bohannon on the final possession.
Bohannon finished with 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field
and was 3 of 9 from beyond the arc in the only regular-season game
between the teams.
Senior guard Bronson Koenig scored a game-high 19 points for the
Badgers (22-8, 11-6).
Sophomore forward Ethan Happ and senior guard Zak Showalter
delivered 11 points each for Wisconsin, which has lost five of its
last six games.
Iowa threatened with less than two minutes remaining on consecutive
buckets from Bohannon and Ahmad Wagner that trimmed Wisconsin's lead
to 57-56. That led to Bohannon's winning shot.
Wisconsin continued to be plagued by free-throw-shooting woes, most
notably in the closing minute as Happ missed a pair of free throws
with 29 seconds to go, when the Badgers held a 57-56 edge.
Happ finished 1 of 7 from the foul line, and the Badgers shot 35.7
percent from the charity stripe.
The Badgers also had turnovers on three straight possessions with
less than three minutes remaining in the game.
Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said the Badgers locker room was somber
following the setback, and he is confident that the team will
recover and learn.
"When we do snap out of it, it's going to be a pretty callous group
because they've been body punched and slapped upside the head quite
a bit with all of this stuff -- everything that we've had to work
through and grow through," Gard said.
Wisconsin had rallied after trailing at halftime with help from its
veterans. Senior forward Nigel Hayes and Showalter combined for 16
second-half points to keep the Badgers in contention
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Iowa Hawkeyes forward Charlie Rose (11) looks to pass over Wisconsin
Badgers forward Ethan Happ (22) at the Kohl Center. Iowa defeated
Wisconsin 69-67. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports
Hayes' layup evened the score at 43 with 11:36
remaining, and another basket on the next possession gave the
Badgers the lead back at 45-43.
Iowa freshman forward Cordell Pemsl halted a scoring drought that
lasted nearly five minutes with a layup to even the score at 45.
But the Badgers bolted away with an 8-0 spurt, capped by a
3-pointer, to open a 54-45 lead with 4:16 to go.
In the first half, Baer led Iowa with 12 points, going 4 of 4 from
The Hawkeyes shot 63.6 percent from long range in the first half to
claim a 32-25 lead at intermission.
Baer scored nine points to help Iowa string together a 15-2
first-half run. Senior guard Peter Jok spearheaded the run with his
first basket of the game with 5:04 left in the opening half and
completed a three-point play to tie the score at 23.
Koenig scored 11 first-half points on 4-of-7 shooting from the
field, including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc.
McCaffery said the key to finding success against the Badgers is
getting them out of rhythm on offense. The Hawkeyes used a 3-2 zone,
man-to-man coverage and the press to throw them off.
"I thought we were pretty connected defensively, and you have to be
to play this team (Wisconsin)," McCaffery said. "They run the swing
and they run some things out of it. They get the ball to people
where they want it."
Wisconsin missed 10 consecutive shots before Koenig's jumper trimmed
Iowa's lead to 29-25 with 37 seconds to go before halftime.
Jok, the Big Ten's leading scorer at 20.7 points per game, finished
with eight points on 2-of-10 shooting from the field.
NOTES: Leading up to the game against Iowa, Wisconsin senior F Nigel
Hayes missed two practices with a groin injury. ... Wisconsin will
honor Hayes and Vitto Brown and G Bronson Koenig and G Zak Showalter
during senior day activities before and after the Badgers'
regular-season finale on Sunday against Minnesota. The game has a
start time of 5 p.m. CT. ... Iowa G Jordan Bohannon is one of two
freshmen in NCAA Division I basketball with at least 65 3-pointers
and 125 assists. The other is Lonzo Ball of UCLA. Bohannon has 71
3-pointers this season.
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