Leuer scores 18, seniors Hughes and Bohannon celebrate as No. 15 Wisconsin beats Iowa 67-40

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Jon Leuer leads No. 15 Wisconsin past Iowa 67-40

MADISON, Wis. — Jon Leuer scored 18 points, Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon celebrated Senior Night in style and Iowa didn’t offer much resistance as No. 15 Wisconsin cruised to a 67-40 victory Wednesday night.

Hughes scored 15 points while Bohannon added 11 points and a career-high nine rebounds in the final home game for both of the Badgers’ senior guards. Wisconsin (22-7, 12-5 Big Ten) turned it into a rout early on, taking control with an 18-0 run midway through the first half.

Aaron Fuller had 14 points for the Hawkeyes (10-20, 4-13), who have lost eight of 10 and will conclude their rough regular season at Minnesota on Sunday.

Iowa’s 40 points tied a season low, and the Hawkeyes shot 3 for 15 from 3-point range.

The Badgers led 36-16 at halftime and Iowa couldn’t catch up, as Leuer continued to assert himself in his best all-around performance since returning from a broken left wrist last month. He was 8 for 9 from the field.

After scoring 12 points in the first half, Leuer opened the second with a turnaround jumper, hit another jumper a few minutes later, then came up with an emphatic slam dunk on a pass from Hughes to give Wisconsin a 45-20 lead with 14:36 remaining. Leuer then blocked a layup attempt by Brennan Cougill on the Hawkeyes’ next possession.

Wisconsin cruised the rest of the way, finishing the season 16-1 at home and 136-11 overall in home games under coach Bo Ryan.

Hughes and Bohannon exited the game at the 2:14 mark to a standing ovation from the Kohl Center crowd. The team honored Hughes and Bohannon on the court with a video tribute after the game.

Hughes and Bohannon got off to a strong start by combining to score 12 of the Badgers’ first 14 points.

Wisconsin then went on an 18-0 run — including 10 straight points from Leuer, who was playing his fourth game since returning from the injury.

Leuer slammed home an alley-oop pass from Bohannon, then got free for another dunk on the Badgers’ next possession. Leuer then showed his shooting range on the Badgers’ next two trips down the court, draining a pair of 3-pointers.

Later in the run, Hughes made perhaps the most impressive play of the night, stealing the ball from John Lickliter, streaking down the court and flipping the ball up to Keaton Nankivil for an alley-oop dunk.

The Badgers held the Hawkeyes scoreless for more than 7 minutes during their run.

Iowa shot a miserable 6 for 21 from the floor and 1 for 9 from 3-point range in the first half. The Hawkeyes also had eight first-half turnovers.

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