MADISON, Wis. — Iowa’s late-game struggles continued Wednesday night, this time at the Kohl Center.
The Hawkeyes (14-9, 3-7 Big Ten) led by nine points with 6:18 left, but the Badgers (16-7, 7-3 Big Ten) rallied to tie the game and send it into overtime. Wisconsin won 74-70 in double overtime, ending a three-game losing streak to its border rival.
In the second overtime, Wisconsin freshman Sam Dekker drilled a 3-pointer with 1:34 left to give the Badgers a three-point lead. That’s when Wisconsin center Jared Berggren came up with two big defensive plays. Berggren blocked Aaron White’s shot at the basket on Iowa’s next possession, then he promptly stole an inside pass from Mike Gesell.
Iowa still had a chance. With 8.8 seconds left, Iowa cut Wisconsin’s lead to 72-68 on a Gesell basket. Berggren then stepped out of bounds on the inbound pass, and White scored inside and was fouled with 5.5 seconds left to cut the deficit to 72-70. But White missed the ensuing free throw, and Wisconsin’s Ryan Evans sank two to provide the final outcome.
The Hawkeyes’ last three road losses had the team leading late in the second half only to lose in overtime or regulation. Iowa lost 65-62 in overtime at Purdue and 65-62 at Minnesota.
Wisconsin’s rally began when Ben Brust drilled a 3-pointer and Jared Berggren followed with a three-point play to cut Iowa’s lead to three with 5:11 left. The Badgers eventually tied three different times in the game’s final 1:33. Traveon Jackson hit a 3-pointer that bounced off the rim and the backboard with 20.5 seconds left to tie it 58-58.
Iowa set up for one final play. Josh Oglesby’s last-second 3-point attempt rattled in and out of the rim with 2 seconds left and Iowa was unable to secure a putback.
In the first overtime, Iowa took a 61-58 lead when Oglesby drilled a 3-pointer. The teams traded free throws, and Wisconsin had the ball for a final shot but missed two 3-pointers to send the game to the second overtime.
Both teams shot 33.8 percent from the floor. Gesell scored 14 points and White added 13 for Iowa. Ben Brust scored 18 to lead Wisconsin, and Berggren added 16.
In the first half, Iowa trailed 28-17 with 6 minutes to go, but the Hawkeyes clawed back by halftime 31-29 with a 12-3 run. Josh Oglesby sank a 3-pointer with 2:29 left in the half to trim Iowa’s deficit to four points. Two possessions later and after a basket from Berggren, Oglesby hit another 3 to bring Iowa within 30-27. Berggren sank a free throw with 45.2 seconds left, but Iowa closed within two on Gabe Olaseni’s dunk with 17 seconds left.