Jan. 9, 2010


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -Jordan Taylor scored a career-high 23 points, Jason Bohannon tied a career high with 20, and No. 17 Wisconsin beat No. 4 Purdue 73-66 Saturday to hand the Boilermakers their first loss this season.

Purdue's 14-0 start tied the best in school history, but both the 1993-94 squad led by Glenn Robinson and this year's had their streaks end in Madison.

With former coach Gene Keady watching from behind the bench, Matt Painter's Boilermakers (14-1, 2-1 Big Ten) trailed most of the game.

Wisconsin (13-3, 3-1) beat a top 10 team in Madison for the second time this season and improved to 130-10 at home in coach Bo Ryan's nine seasons.

Still, Purdue, which got 24 points from E'Twaun Moore and 13 from Robbie Hummel, has given Wisconsin headaches. The Boilermakers had won four straight in the series and an unheard of two in a row in Madison.

But no visiting team has ever won three in a row in the 11-year history of the Kohl Center and Wisconsin took control in the opening minutes of the second half.

Keaton Nankivil followed a miss with an offensive rebound and slam. Trevon Hughes, who had 14 points, and Bohannon added consecutive 3-pointers to give Wisconsin a 42-31 lead with 15:31 left.

Moments later Taylor, a sophomore who has provided a big boost to the offense, found Ryan Evans with an around-the-defender pass for a 12-foot jumper that made it 47-33 with 14:22 left and forced Purdue to burn another timeout.

The Boilermakers, who rallied from 16 down in the second half last month at Alabama, couldn't manage a similar escape from Wisconsin.

Moore hit a 3-pointer from the left corner and added another basket with 1:18 left to cut Wisconsin's lead to 63-57. But Taylor added four free throws and Wisconsin hit eight straight from the line that appeared to seal it until Hummel banked in a 3 that cut it to 71-66 with 10 seconds to play.

That was as close as it got.

Wisconsin, which had a six-game win streak snapped with a 54-47 loss at No. 10 Michigan State on Wednesday, improved its home record to 10-0 and improved to 7-18 against the top 10 under Ryan.

Purdue never really found its range.

The Boilermakers went 3 of 10 on 3-pointers and 13 of 24 from the free-throw line.

Hughes got into first-half foul trouble and at times the game looked as if it should be played in pads down the street at Camp Randall Stadium with 45 fouls called.

The physical play was never more apparent than in the closing minutes of the first half. After Rob Wilson's putback gave the Badgers a 28-23 lead, Wilson's celebration included an inadvertent right elbow to Hummel's face.

The shot drew blood and officials took a long look at the replay before assessing a contact foul on Wilson. Hummel went on to hit both free throws and Chris Kramer's jumper in the closing seconds cut Wisconsin's lead to 30-29 at half.