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College Basketball

End of an era

Badgers cap Tom Davis' Big Ten tenure with win over Iowa

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Posted: Friday March 05, 1999 05:32 PM

  Wisconsin's Andy Kowske puts up a shot over the reach of Jess Settles of the Hawkeyes. AP

CHICAGO (AP) -- Iowa's press can be nasty, forcing turnovers and bad passes. But No. 19 Wisconsin has a pretty good defense, too. Not to mention a few players who can score from long range.

Sean Mason scored 12 of his 22 points from 3-point range, Ty Calderwood had three 3s and No. 19 Wisconsin held No. 20 Iowa to four field goals in the last 11 minutes for a 74-60 victory Friday in the Big Ten tournament.

The Badgers (22-8) will play No. 2 Michigan State, the top seed, in the semifinals Saturday. Michigan State beat Northwestern 61-59.

"Mason and Calderwood came alive in the second half with big shots," Wisconsin coach Dick Bennett said. "It was a very difficult game. Their pressure is relentless. Had we not made a couple of key 3s, I don't know if we could have gotten over that hump."

Calderwood finished with 14, and Jon Bryant added eight on 2-of-3 shooting from 3-point range. It was the first victory in four games for the Badgers.

It also was an end of an era for the Hawkeyes (18-9) as Tom Davis coached his last game in the conference. Davis is being forced out after 13 seasons at Iowa, and his players have made it their mission to prolong his departure as long as possible. Davis isn't done just yet, though, with the Hawkeyes expected to make the NCAA Tournament.

Jess Settles scored 21 points, two shy of his season high, but Dean Oliver, who had 10 points, was the only other Hawkeye in double figures.

Ty Calderwood had 14 points for Wisconsin.

The Badgers came in averaging a Big Ten-best 11.8 turnovers a game, but they struggled against Iowa's vaunted press, giving Iowa easy baskets and 15 more shots. Wisconsin had 20 turnovers, seven more than its previous high this season.

The Badgers outside shooting kept them in the game. Mason hit two 3s, and Calderwood and Jon Bryant each added another as Wisconsin tied the score at 44 with 11:29 left. Kent McCausland had a 3-pointer for the Hawkeyes, but then the Badgers, settled down, figured out the press and turned up their own defense.

Wisconsin went on an 18-4 run, getting 3-pointers from -- who else? -- Bryant, Calderwood and Mason during the spurt as the Badgers took a 62-51 lead. Mason was 4-of-7 from 3-point range, while Calderwood was 3-of-4. Bryant finished with eight points.

The score would have been even more lopsided, but Wisconsin coach Dick Bennett spotted the Hawkeyes two points. Bennett, who was unhappy with the officiating all game, screaming and pacing the sidelines, finally lost it with 5:07 left. Mason was driving to the basket when he collided with McCausland. The whistle blew, and when Mason was called for a charge, Bennett jumped up, and slammed the scorer's table with both hands.

He was called for a technical, and what could have been a three-point play for Wisconsin suddenly turned into a possible four-point play for Iowa. McCausland made both of the technical free throws to cut Wisconsin's lead to 51-57, but the Hawkeyes didn't score on the next possession.

"I disagreed with the call; I still do," Bennett said. "I deserved the T. But we came out with a steal right after that and the kids bailed me out as they usually do."

The Badgers regrouped, with Mason hitting the final 3-pointer during the run, and Iowa only got three more field goals the rest of the game.

The frustration got to the Hawkeyes, as Settles picked up a technical with three minutes to go. Settles hit a 3-pointer to cut Wisconsin's lead to 65-58, and replays showed Calderwood fouled him. When Settles didn't get the call, he screamed in protest and was hit with a technical.

Mason made one of the free throws, and Settles fouled out about two minutes later.

 
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