Breaking Through

After coming close to knocking off two Big Ten big boys earlier this season and coming up short, Iowa finished business on Saturday in a 70-66 win against first-place Wisconsin. Here's the game story, box score, player and coach interviews from Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa CITY, Iowa - The approach was straight forward for the Iowa basketball team - Play like Chris Street.

The Hawkeyes accomplished their goal in performing in memory of the fallen Iowa star on the 20th anniversary of his passing. His No. 40 jersey was set over the first chair on the bench Saturday night.

"I thought about it every time I went past it," Hawkeye senior Eric May said. "I think we represented what he was about."

Iowa out-toughed the Big Ten standard in that area in front of a packed house at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Gritty Wisconsin rallied from a 20-point deficit but the Hawkeyes would not be denied in a 70-66 win of the Chris Street Memorial game.

Street represented hard work and determination before his young life was ended in a car accident. Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery has been preaching defensive intensity for two years and his Hawkeyes delivered it Saturday.

Iowa (13-5 overall, 2-3 Big Ten) came close to victory in home losses to Indiana and Michigan State earlier this season before wilting down the stretch. The Hawkeyes closed the deal against Wisconsin (13-5, 4-1).

"We played better than we did in those games at both ends of the floor," McCaffery said. "When you do that, then you win close games."

Aaron White paced a balanced Iowa attack with 17 points (13 of 15 on free throws) and seven rebounds, both team highs. Roy Devyn Marble added 13 points, none of them bigger than the three-pointer he delivered in the closing minutes with Wisconsin charging.

"I saw (Ryan) Evans on me and I knew he had four fouls," Marble said. "I heard Coach (Andrew) Francis yell from the bench, "you got him." I didn't want to drive it with (Mike) Bruesewitz and (Jared) Berggren in there so I crossed him over and stepped back. I knew it was in."

The Badgers came into Saturday's game as a favorite in Vegas. It made sense after they knocked off Indiana Tuesday in Bloomington.

"Iowa is as good as any team we played," Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan said. "We come in here after a win against Indiana, and it's surprising (to people on the outside that the Badgers lost). Iowa is pretty good. There are good teams in the Big Ten."

The Hawkeyes play another tough squad on Tuesday when they travel to Ohio State (5:30 p.m. CT, BTN).

"Obviously Ohio State is a tremendously talented and ranked team," McCaffery said. "They have cleaned out clocks the last two times we've played them. So we are going to have to play substantially better than we did in the second half (Saturday when Wisconsin outscored the Hawkeyes, 48-36)."

Box Score

McCaffery

Iowa Players

Ryan

SpartanDigest.com Recommended Stories


  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.

Up Next


Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery met with the media after his team's 70-66 victory against first-place…

Tweets