IOWA CITY, Iowa (Ticker) -- Devin Harris and 14th-ranked Wisconsin survived a late-game rally by Iowa to remain in first place in the Big Ten.
Harris shook off a rough game to score 16 points as Wisconsin bounced back from a disappointing loss to hold on for a 54-52 victory.
Wisconsin (16-4, 7-2 Big Ten) defeated the Hawkeyes for the seventh time in the past nine meetings to move one-half game ahead of Michigan State and Illinois. Clayton Hanson and Mike Wilkinson added 12 points apiece to help the Badgers rebound from Saturday's 69-51 loss to Northwestern, a game in which Harris shot poorly.
"Harris took really good care of the ball," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "He had some good looks and knocked a lot of them down."
The win did not come easily as Iowa's Glen Worley nailed a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 54-52 with 41 seconds remaining. Wisconsin forward Zach Morley missed a jumper with 10 seconds to go, giving Iowa one last chance.
The Hawkeyes got a great look at the game-winner, but Jeff Horner's 3-pointer from the right side misfired at the buzzer.
"We had the guy take it we wanted to take and when we wanted him to take it," Iowa coach Steve Alford said. "I always think the shot is going in. Jeff has such a strong character, I think sometimes he just wills it in."
Pierre Pierce led the Hawkeyes (12-9, 5-5) with 20 points and Greg Brunner added 10 as they lost for the second time in three contests. Iowa entered off an emotional 84-82 double-overtime victory at Indiana on Saturday.
"I think we had a great effort," Iowa coach Steve Alford. "We didn't give them many shots. We rebounded well. We played them tough on the defensive end."
Harris scored the final seven points of a 10-0 run that established Wisconsin's largest lead at 44-29 with 13:17 left. The lead was still eight points at 52-44 after his layup with 4:04 remaining.
Pierce sank a layup and fed Brody Boyd for a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to three points. Harris scored his final points on a layup with 1:27 to go that restored a five-point lead with 87 seconds to go and set up the frantic finish.
The Badgers converted 19 turnovers into 20 points.