Big second half lifts Wisconsin, 69-58

Indiana led by 10 at half at 29-19 but once again couldn't get it done on the road. Wisconsin shot the lights out in the second half and raced to the home victory over the Hoosiers. It was the 12th win in a row for Wisconsin over Indiana in Madison. Yogi Ferrell led the Hoosiers with 24 points.

Indiana played another good first half on the road Tuesday night in Madison.

Unfortunately for the Hoosiers, it's a 40-minute game.

Wisconsin came out on shot in the second half and never looked back, winning its sixth game in a row with an easy 69-58 victory over the Hoosiers in the Kohl Center.

The No. 14 Badgers have now beaten Indiana 12 times in a row in Madison. IU's last win there was in 1998 with Bob Knight as its coach.

Sam Dekker scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and the Badgers had five players in double figures. Traevon Jackson added 14 for Wisconsin and Ben Brust had 12.

Yogi Ferrell had 24 to lead the Hoosiers (15-12, 5-9 Big Ten) and Noah Vonleh added 18.

The game featured a huge free throw and foul disparity as Wisconsin hit 22-of-24 foul shots compared to just 2-of-3 for Indiana. IU was whistled for 20 fouls compared to seven for the Badgers.

Another big statistic was turnovers. Indiana had a solid game with just 10 but Wisconsin tied a season-low with three.

Indiana used a 15-4 run to close the first half to lead by 10 at the break, 29-19. It was the fewest points scored by Wisconsin in a first half this season.

It was the third time in Big Ten play that Indiana has had a double-digit first half lead on the road and the second time that IU had led by 10 points or more at the break. The other two games were at Nebraska and Minnesota, both which ended in the loss column.

That pattern continued against Wisconsin Tuesday night. The second half was all Badgers.

Hitting six second half 3-pointers, Wisconsin quickly grabbed the lead back at 36-35 just five minutes into the final 20 minutes.

When Brust hit a 3-pointer with 13:03 to play to break a 38-all tie, Wisconsin would never trail again.

The Badgers victory allowed them to split the season series. IU won in Bloomington, 75-72.

Indiana is back in action Thursday at Assembly Hall in the makeup of the IU-Iowa game that was postponed last week.


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