Silencing his Aggressors

Booed mercilessly every time he touched the ball, sophomore guard and Iowa native Jason Bohannon quiets the Hawkeyes with six points, all from the free throw line, in the final three and a half minutes to help propel Wisconsin.

IOWA CITY – When sophomore Jason Bohannon chose Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin Badgers over Steve Alford's Hawkeyes, Bohannon knew that his annual trip west was going to be greeted with a lot of unpleasantries, especially since his father, Gordy, was a quarterback on Iowa's 1982 Rose Bowl team.

With that mental preparation of what awaited him, Bohannon was not too surprised from the verbal wringer the Iowa Student Section put him through for 40 minutes Wednesday night.

Ironically, the Iowa fans weren't prepared for the mental anguish Bohannon ended up bestowing on them.

The Marion, Iowa native, roughly 40 miles north of Iowa City, was anointed Wisconsin's savior, making six consecutive free throws down the stretch that delivered a dagger to Iowa's upset dreams, keeping Wisconsin (19-3, 9-1) on top of the Big Ten and leading them to a hard fought 60-54 win.

Mercilessly booed every time he touched the ball, Bohannon started the night off on the right foot, making a three-point bucket on the first shot he took. But a rattled out three-point try and the three personal fouls that followed, Bohannon was sarcastically cheered after every misstep.

"That helped quite a bit to hit your first shot in a situation like that," said Bohannon, who finished with nine points. "I didn't think some were fouls, but the refs did so I focus on the next possession. I was focus on the floor and not what they had to say out there."

Although the noise was deafening every time Bohannon came in possession of the ball, the sophomore started to quiet the arena in the final three and a half minutes.

With the Badgers clinging to a one-point lead, Bohannon scored six of the Badgers next eight points from the free throw line, helping Wisconsin score 12 points in the final minutes, 10 of which came from the charity stripe.

"I was just out there shooting like I was in my backyard, trying to make some free throws," said Bohannon, who improved his season free-throw average to 86 percent. "I just tried to focus on the floor and focus what I need to do."

"We struggled sometimes offensively from the field, some of our shots weren't falling and we get 10 points right there," he added. "That was very big for us."

Giving credit where credit is do, Bohannon's name is one on a short list of Badgers who connected from the charity stripe heading down the wire.

Junior Marcus Landry was a perfect 4-for-4 (his first two free throws putting UW ahead for good and his last two finishing the scoring) and fellow junior Joe Krabbenhoft, who knocked down two free throws after the Hawkeyes refused to foul Bohannon with 21 seconds to go, making it a two possession game.

"Fantastic," UW coach Bo Ryan said. "I like to say we did something different or some magic spells. In practice, we are just trying to give them confidence through our fun games, but it is all upstairs."

Not only did the Badgers' 10 straight free throws seal their 10th win in 11 meetings with the Hawkeyes, but will give the winner of UW's Saturday matchup against No.24 Purdue the outright lead in the Big Ten conference.

More importantly, the Badgers leave Iowa City with their second conference road win in four days.

"That was a tough Big Ten conference game on the road. You've got to come in here ready to play," Bohannon said. "To be able to come back here and play well in front of them and get a win like that, it speaks volumes."


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