February 10, 2007

Tucker reaches 2000 in win over Hawkeyes

MADISON, Wis. - It was only fitting that Alando Tucker's record setting 2,000th point as a Badger came in a hard-fought Big Ten victory over visiting Iowa Saturday afternoon.

The senior forward became only the second UW player to eclipse the 2,000 points plateau, finishing with a game-high 21 points and seven rebounds, as No. 4 Wisconsin (24-2, 10-1 Big Ten) downed the Hawkeyes (14-11, 6-5) 74-62 at the Kohl Center.

"It feels great to get to accomplish this at home, with my family and friends watching," said Tucker, who scored 20 or more points for the fifth straight game. "It's good to get this out of the way at the same time. I think it will set in when the season is done and I look back at my time here, but a championship is the focus for this time right now."

UW took advantage of 13 offensive boards they converted into 24 second-chance points while holding Iowa to just 27 points in the second half on 36.7 percent shooting. Still, the win was sloppy and raised some concerns about the guard play. The starting backcourt of senior Kammron Taylor and junior Michael Flowers committed nine turnovers while handing out just four assists.

"We just have to put this game behind us," said Taylor, who chipped in 11 points. "We know we can play better and as a leader on this team, I have to play better and handle the ball better than I did today."

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