- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Early easy buckets by Wisconsin left Iowa reeling on the road.

The No. 6 Badgers then finished off the 25th-ranked Hawkeyes with a strong performance on the boards.

Frank Kaminsky had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Wisconsin built on an 18-point halftime lead to finish off Iowa 82-50 on Tuesday night. It was the first loss on the road this season for the Hawkeyes.

“Anything short of a complete effort and concentration, you’re going to struggle to win this game,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.

Jarrod Uthoff, a Wisconsin transfer, led the Hawkeyes with 12 points.

Otherwise, Iowa (13-6, 4-2 Big Ten) couldn’t answer Wisconsin’s most complete performance of the season.

“I thought we played a good first half. We’ve done that before,” Wisconsin guard Gasser said. “We wanted to play a good 40 minutes for once.”

Sam Dekker added 17 points and eight boards for the Badgers (17-2, 5-1), who won their second straight since losing starting point guard Traevon Jackson to a foot injury.

Jackson’s replacement, Bronson Koenig, shot 3 of 6 from 3-point range and finished with 13 points.

Wisconsin opened up a 23-11 lead with 6:35 to go in the first half on Dekker’s second 3.

Iowa turned to a 2-3 zone, trying to slow down the shooters. But the Badgers are pretty good against the zone, too, since their forwards also can handle the ball well.

On the next two possessions, the Badgers got the ball to Hayes, who was stationed near the foul line in the middle of the zone. Hayes found cutters to the basket who were fouled each time for free throws.

Dekker had a scooping layup later off a baseline move, before Kaminsky riled up the Kohl Center crowd with a dunk with 6 seconds remaining in the half.

Uthoff then had one of the few highlights of the night for Iowa, hitting a one-handed, running shot from near midcourt just before time expired.

But McCaffery thought his team was rushing shots too often after falling behind early.

“I was disappointed in our execution when we got behind … and that happens a lot on the road,” he said. “We started quick-shooting the ball.”

OUTMUSCLED

Dekker, Kaminsky and Nigel Hayes combined for 46 points in a strong showing by the Badgers’ front court.

Iowa’s front line, which had been averaging about 35 points a game, couldn’t keep up. Forward Aaron White had seven points, while center Adam Woodbury scored just one. The Hawkeyes were held to 28 percent shooting (7 of 25) in the first half.

“I think we did a great job of limiting their transition points and rebounding the ball,” Gasser said.

Nine of Wisconsin’s 15 offensive rebounds came in the second half.

DEFENSIVE LETDOWN

The Badgers got the Hawkeyes on dribble penetration plays. They played with trademark efficiency with 16 assists to just one turnover. Rebounding hurt Iowa especially in the second half, and Wisconsin held a 37-23 edge for the game.

“It’s not one thing or one area where we broke down - it was a combination of things,” McCaffery said.

HOT START

The 17-2 start through 19 games for Wisconsin is the school’s best since going 18-1 to start the 2006-7 campaign

TIP-INS

Iowa: The Hawkeyes were 3-0 on the road going into Tuesday’s game, having beaten No. 12 North Carolina, No. 18 Ohio State and Minnesota. … Iowa finished the night shooting 42 percent (20 of 47).

Wisconsin: The Badgers won their fourth straight in the series. They last lost to Iowa 70-66 on Jan. 19, 2013.

UP NEXT:

Iowa: At Purdue on Saturday.

Wisconsin: At Michigan on Saturday.

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