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Dekker's 3-pointer in double overtime seals Wisconsin's 74-70 win over Iowa

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MADISON, Wis. -- Freshman Sam Dekker's three-point basket with 1:26 in the second overtime put Wisconsin ahead for good in the Badgers' 74-70 victory over Iowa Wednesday at the Kohl Center.

Dekker's shot was Wisconsin's only field goal of either overtime session -- a feat matched by the Hawkeye's whose only shot after regulation was a three by Josh Oglesby with 2:21 to play in the first overtime.

The difference came at the free throw line where Wisconsin went 13 of 14 from the line after regulation compared to Iowa, which made just 3 for 7.

Ben Brust led Wisconsin with 18 points while Jared Berggren finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

The Hawkeyes went ahead late in regulation on a clutch play by Aaron White, who finished with 11 points and 5 rebounds.

After forcing Evans to turn the ball over, White scored on a quick layup and drew the foul off Evans. His free throw put the Hawkeyes up by three, 58-55, with 45.8 seconds to play but Jackson got a lucky bounce and his three with 20.5 left tied the game again, 58-58.

Oglesby missed a three-pointer as time expired, sending the game to overtime.

The teams combined for just one field goal in the first over time but Wisconsin managed to stay even by going four of four from the line while the Hawkeyes, who scored first on Oglesby's three-pointer, missed a chance to extend their slim lead when Zach McCabe missed the first of two free throws with 1:26 left.

Eric May's basket with 10:51 to play in the half tied the game at 15-15. Wisconsin went on an 12-2 run from that point, taking a 27-17 lead on Sam Dekker's jumper with 6:17 to go in the half.

Iowa was whistled for a technical foul after the play, allowing Wisconsin to extend the lead to 11 when Traevon Jackson hit the second of two free throws. Oglesby got Iowa within three points with 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions late in the half, capping off a 12-3 run for the Hawkeyes, who went into halftime down 31-29.

Berggren put Wisconsin ahead for the first time since the waning moments of regulation on a pair of successful free throws with 3:57 left. They caught a break on their next possession when, after missed two looks, Iowa's Anthony Clemens was called for traveling on the rebound.

But the Badgers blew that chance, turning the ball over on the inbounds. Mike Bruesewitz was called for a block, sending Aaron White to the line for free throws that tied the game with 1:58 to play.

Eric May's basket with 10:51 to play in the half tied the game at 15-15. Wisconsin went on an 12-2 run from that point, taking a 27-17 lead on Sam Dekker's jumper with 6:17 to go in the half.

Iowa was whistled for a technical foul after the play, allowing Wisconsin to extend the lead to 11 when Traevon Jackson hit the second of two free throws. Oglesby got Iowa within three points with 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions late in the half, capping off a 12-3 run for the Hawkeyes, who went into halftime down 31-29.

NOTES: Wisconsin is the only team in the nation to have played at least seven games against teams ranked in the AP Top 25. The Badgers are 3-4 in those games; 3-2 in Big Ten play. ... Iowa has played four of its last five games on the road. ... Redshirt freshman George Marshall scored a career high 20 points Jan. 19 in the Badgers' 70-66 loss at Iowa. ... The Hawkeyes have won three straight against the Badgers. .... Wisconsin leads the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing just 55.6 points per game and has held 10 of its last 12 opponents to under 60 points. ... Five of Iowa's six Big Ten losses have come by nine points or less.

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