MADISON, Wis. — No. 22 Iowa lost its composure, its lead, its coach and ultimately the game at No. 4 Wisconsin.
Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery was ejected with 11:51 left in the game, and the Badgers (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten) rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to beat the Hawkeyes 75-71 last night at Kohl Center.
With Iowa (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten) holding a two-point lead, McCaffery went after game officials during a media timeout. He apparently was arguing a non-call against Gabe Olaseni on the offensive end of the court. Olaseni then was whistled for a foul at the other end. Ben Brust sank all four technical free throws to give Wisconsin its first lead since 3-2.
McCaffery raved as he left the court. It was his second ejection as Iowa head coach. He was tossed in December 2011 at Northern Iowa after a pair of technical fouls.
McCaffery would not comment about why he was upset with the officiating.
“I can’t address that, as much as I would like to,” he said. “What I feel bad about is getting the second one. I think the first one, it’s safe to say, I kind of went after that one a little bit.
“I would love to go there with you and explain to you my perspective. But it’s just not allowed, not allowed by rules.”
He said he should not be disciplined.
“I got two Ts, why would I be disciplined?” he said.
McCaffery nearly made contact with an official after receiving his first technical. But he said he did not touch the official. Both he and senior guard Devyn Marble said the ejection did not cost his team the game.
“I would never say that,” Marble said. “It’s a combination of everybody. Coach McCaffery goes to war for us and we’re going to do the same. The second half, I don’t think we held up our end of the bargain. That’s why he was upset. We put him in a position to get a technical, in my opinion. It never should have came down to him needing to do that.”
The fouls and momentum swarmed Iowa in McCaffery’s vacancy. The Badgers took an eight-point lead with 7:15 left on Duje Dukan’s 3-pointer. But the Hawkeyes scrapped back.
The Hawkeyes cut its deficit to 64-63 with 2:58 left in the game on a Marble 3-pointer. On Wisconsin’s next possession, Brust missed a jumper, but Sam Dekker corralled the offensive rebound, Dekker, who was 0-of-9 at that point, drilled a 3-pointer from the corner to push Wisconsin back up four points.
Iowa struggled to get closer than four points until Devyn Marble hit a 3-pointer with 7.4 seconds left. But on the next possession Traevon Jackson hit 1 of 2 free throws for the win.
Iowa led Wisconsin 35-24 at halftime. The Hawkeyes attacked the Badgers from the opening tip. After Iowa led 17-6, Wisconsin cut its deficit to 21-20 on a Traevon Jackson drive and a Sam Dekker free throw.
Then the Hawkeyes took over. Iowa scored 10 consecutive points starting on a dunk from Aaron White, a banked-in jumper from Mike Gesell, a 3-pointer from Devyn Marble, two White free throws and a freebie from Gabe Olaseni.On the half’s final possession Iowa milked the clock to final seconds when Marble tossed to Gesell, who took one dribble to draw in Wisconsin’s defense. Gesell then passed to an open Olaseni for a dunk to give the Hawkeyes a 35-24 lead.
The series between the two longtime border rivals is knotted at 79-79. Marble scored 27 points, while Brust led Wisconsin with 19.
First half recap
Behind efficient shooting and stout defense, No. 22 Iowa leads No. 4 Wisconsin 35-24 at the Kohl Center.
Iowa attacked the Badgers from the opening tip. Wisconsin took a 3-2 lead on a Frank Kaminsky 3-pointer, then Iowa’s defense tightened up. The Badgers missed 12 of their first 13 shots, and Iowa led 17-6 with 12:15 left in the first half.
Wisconsin worked back into the game and got Iowa into foul trouble. Kaminsky drilled a pair of 3-pointers and Bronson Koenig scored five points on back-to-back possessions to draw within 21-17. The Badgers cut their deficit to 21-20 on a Traevon Jackson drive and a Sam Dekker free throw.
Then the Hawkeyes took over. Iowa scored 10 consecutive points starting on a dunk from Aaron White, a banked-in jumper from Mike Gesell, a 3-pointer from Devyn Marble, two White free throws and a freebie from Gabe Olaseni.
On the half’s final possession Iowa milked the clock to final seconds when Marble tossed to Gesell, who took one dribble to draw in Wisconsin’s defense. Gesell then passed to an open Olaseni for a dunk to give the Hawkeyes a 35-24 lead.
Iowa outrebounded the Badgers 27-16 and shot 47 percent from the floor. Wisconsin hit just 26.7 percent. The Hawkeyes outscored Wisconsin 18-1 in second-chance points and 20-6 in the paint.
Marble had 12 points, while Gesell had five assists and three steals.
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