The No. 15 ranked Wisconsin Badgers saw a 10-point halftime lead evaporate into thin air, but got a couple of big turnovers down the stretch and salted away a 79-74 win at Iowa, Saturday.
A 21-point effort from Frank Kaminsky included four BIG free throws in the last 30 seconds to help the Badgers improve to 22-5 overall and 9-5 inside the Big Ten.
The loss for Iowa drops the Hawkeyes into fourth place in the league. Wisconsin trails Michigan State (22-5, 11-3) and Michigan (18-7, 10-3) who will do battle tomorrow in Ann Arbor.
Along with 21 from Kaminsky, Wisconsin got another double-double out of Sam Dekker, who finished the day with 15 points and 11 boards.
After the game, Dekker gave a lot of props to his big man, Kaminsky.
“He’s playing great,” Sam Dekker said. “He’s making big plays and giving us a chance to win games which is about all we can ask of him.”
Wisconsin shot near 70 percent from the field in the first half, large in part due to 12 points from both Josh Gasser and Bronson Koenig.
The No. 14 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes (19-7, 8-5) got a 21 point effort of their own from Roy Marble, and also got a huge boost in the final 10 minutes from the hot shooting of Josh Ogelsby who finished with 17 of his own.
Bucky will return home to do battle with Indiana, Tuesday.