Ben Brust scored 18 points against the school he once planned to attend and that helped push Wisconsin past Iowa, 74-70, in double-overtime Wednesday night at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Ben Brust, once destined to be a Hawk, dropped 18 against Iowa on Wednesday.
For the Hawks, it was more of the same. Fresh off a late game collapse last weekend in Minneapolis, Fran McCaffery's squad once again saw the chance for a key road victory slip away in too-close-to-call fashion.
Iowa (14-9/3-7) is now 1-5 in games decided by six points or fewer this season and lost for the second time in its last three games in extra periods.
“I don’t get that emotional one way or another, I just don’t,” McCaffery said after Iowa's latest narrow defeat. “That said, I want it for them. I’m hurting for them. For me it’s a very businesslike approach. If we had won in double-overtime, if we had won Sunday, if we had won at Purdue in overtime, nothing changes for me. It’s on to the next game.”
That next game comes Saturday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena against Northwestern, at team the Hawks pummeled by 20 points on the road last month.
There was opportunity a plenty for the Hawks in Madison, notably on a three-point attempt by sharpshooter Josh Oglesby that rimmed out with five second remaining in regulation that would have likely been a game-winning trey.
Wisconsin led by as many as 11 in the first half before falling behind 31-29 at the half. An 18-6 run keyed the Hawks in the second half and gave them a 9-point advantage with just over six minutes to play but Brust and the Badgers countered with six points on their next two trips down the court to close the gap.
From that point on it was a back-and-forth affair until Wisconsin prevailed at the free throw line in the second overtime. The win by Bo Ryan and the Badgers snapped a three-game skid against the Hawks that began with a rare home loss at the Kohl Center on Dec. 31, 2011.
Special thanks to Evan Flood from the Wisconsin site for contributing photos and postgame quotes for this story