Hawks Buck The Badgers

The dynamic duo was the difference last night against Wisconsin. Cool Hand Luke and the Joker proved too much for the Badgers to handle. While both teams suffered from sloppy play at times, the Hawkeye senior pair came through for the Hawks as Iowa beat Wisconsin 69-57.

Reggie Evans missed several chip shots in an unusually poor shooting performance in totalling 21 points. However, he was still an incomparable Windex warrior, finishing with 17 rebounds. Another double-double for Reggie.

Luke Recker led the Hawks with 23 points. Like Evans, Recker struggled at times but came through in the scoring column. Recker committed five turnovers and was whistled for a technical foul for taunting Wisconsin guard Freddie Owens. That occurred with just over two minutes left in the game. Wisconsin shooter Devin Harris made both free throws to narrow the lead to eight points, 65-57.

"Everybody knows the game of basketball; a lot of times people get to jawing or communicating with one another," Recker said. "All I said was (Owens) couldn't go right, and Art decided to tee me up for it.

"That's fine. I'm a fifth-year guy. I need to learn to keep my mouth shut."

Guard Kirk Penney led the Badgers with 22 points. He hit on 9 of 16, including one trey. Devin Harris added 14 points for Wisconsin.

No one else for either team was in double figures.

Wisconsin shot just 35.7 per cent from the field, including 4 out of 16 from behind the three point line. Iowa shot 42.9 per cent from the field and was 5 out of 13 from behind the arc.

"Reggie is a guy you can count on every night," said Luke Recker, who led Iowa with 23 points. "Even though he missed a few bunnies, he still had 21 and 17. I think anyone in the country would take that."

"Our seniors did the job," said Iowa coach Steve Alford. "You look at Luke and Reggie. There's a lot of pressure and expectations on them. They really came up big, and made big plays when they had to."

Although the victory wasn't pretty, it's the first Big Ten win of what many Hawk fans think will be many this season.

Iowa goes on the road Saturday to face Ohio State in Columbus.

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