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Iowa's NCAA hopes afloat after upset of No. 21 Wisconsin in final seconds

Mark Emmert
memmert@gannett.com

MADISON, Wis. — Jordan Bohannon made it a triumphant return to the Kohl Center on Thursday, calmly swishing a 3-pointer with 9.7 seconds remaining to give Iowa a 59-57 upset of No. 21 Wisconsin before a suddenly silenced crowd of 17,287 at the Kohl Center.

Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final seconds Thursday night to give Iowa a 59-57 win over No. 21 Wisconsin at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.

It was the Hawkeyes' second win in the last 14 trips here. And it was fitting that Bohannon provided it. The Marion native spent six years here watching older brothers Jason and Zach play for the Badgers. On Thursday, Jason and Zach sat behind the Iowa bench, wearing black, not red.

Iowa scored the final seven points of the game to steal the win after coughing up a lead by tallying a mere four points during an 11-minute stretch of the second half.

It was the Hawkeyes' third consecutive victory and keeps alive their hopes to secure an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Iowa's Jordan Bohanon (center) and Tyler Cook trap Wisconsin's Ethan Happ on Thursday.

The Hawkeyes (17-13, 9-8 Big Ten Conference) took a 32-25 halftime lead thanks to a 15-2 run fueled by tremendous defense. The Badgers went 10 consecutive possessions without scoring at one point.

Offensively, Nicholas Baer came off the bench to nail all four of his 3-point attempts to pace Iowa with 12 points in the half and a season-high 14 for the game.

The No. 22 Badgers (22-8, 11-6) got no points from their bench players in the first half and managed only four assists against nine turnovers.

Iowa concludes the regular season by hosting Penn State at noon Sunday.