Wisconsin falls to No. 14 Purdue, 65-52




January 11, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Wisconsin's 13-game Big Ten win streak came to an end Sunday with a 65-52 loss to No. 14 Purdue. The Badgers (12-4, 3-1) couldn't overcome a 15-4 second half run from the Boilermakers en route to their first conference loss of the season.

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Go Beyond the Box for notes and analysis of the game.

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The first half was a struggle for the Badgers as they had a tough time getting clean, easy looks. The Boilermakers attacked the offensive glass hard and capitalized on their second chances, using a 19-4 run to build a 25-11 lead with with just under six minutes left in the first half.

A Tim Jarmusz 3-pointer would cut Purdue's lead to nine points with 3:30 left in the half, but Purdue answered back. Marcus Green's 3-pointer helped the Boilermakers equal their largest lead of the half at 32-18 with 2:36 before halftime. However, the Badgers made a run just before half thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers from Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon to cut the lead to six, 32-26, at the half.

The Badgers did not go to the free throw line once in the first while the Boilermakers hit 6-of-8 from the charity line in the first frame.

Wisconsin held close with Purdue through the first part of the second half, closing to within four at 34-30. That was the moment the Boilermakers went on a 19-4 run over the next five and half minutes, making it difficult for UW to hang on.

The Badgers had their first free throw attempt with 4:23 left in the game as Hughes was fouled and sank both from the line cutting the Boilermakers lead to 11 at 58-47. Wisconsin was never able to cut the Purdue lead to single digits from then on as the Boilermakers defeated the Badgers, 65-52.

Wisconsin was out rebounded 34-to-29 by Purdue and shot 37.5 percent from the field compared to the Boilermakers' 43.4 percent.

Joe Krabbenhoft led Wisconsin with 13 points and seven rebounds while JaJuan Johnson led all scorers with 20 points and 10 boards for the Boilermakers. Krabbenhoft also helped keep Purdue's leading scorer E'twaun Moore in check all afternoon. Moore finished with just four points on 1-of-12 shooting.

Purdue also got a lift from the return of injured starter Robbie Hummel. The preseason Big Ten Player of the Year added 16 points and four 3-pointers for the Boilers.

Wisconsin returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 15 to host Minnesota. Tip-off at the Kohl Center is set for 8:00 p.m., and the match-up will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. Check back to UWBadgers.com for further in-depth game coverage.


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