Beyond the Box: Wisconsin 69, Indiana 60

<b>Jordan Taylor put up a career-high 28 points to help the Badgers beat the Hoosiers.</b>

Jordan Taylor put up a career-high 28 points to help the Badgers beat the Hoosiers.

Jan. 20, 2011

Star of the Game
Junior guard Jordan Taylor racked up a career-high 28 points in leading the Badgers to their seventh straight win over the Hoosiers. Taylor, whose previous high was 23 against Purdue last season, notched 17 of the Badgers’ 30 first half points to log the second-best performance by a Badger this season. In addition to his points, Taylor pitched in eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and just one turnover. The Cousy Award candidate added three 3-pointers and was a perfect seven-of-seven from the free-throw line.

“He’s got all three facets of the offense when it comes to scoring,” Indiana head coach Tom Crean said after the game. “He can get the rim with anybody, he’s got a great shot fake, he’s got that mastered, he’s got the mid-range game and he’s certainly got the 3-point game.

“There’s no question he’s one of the premier guards in the country.”

Play of the Game
Jon Leuer put the nail in the coffin with his acrobatic three-point play down the stretch. Wisconsin held a 62-58 lead with one minute remaining and the shot clock winding down. Jordan Taylor found Leuer in the paint, but Leuer faced pressure from Indiana’s Tom Pritchard. Drawing a foul, Leuer forced up a tough bank shot that went through the net with just three seconds left on the 35-second clock. Leuer converted the free throw to push the lead to seven and give the Badgers a comfortable cushion.

“[Taylor] made a great play to shuffle it over to me and I knew the shot clock was winding down, so I just turned and got pretty lucky and threw it up,” Leuer said of the play. “I went up strong so I got fouled and luckily it banked and went in.”

Turning Point of the Game
After Wisconsin scored the first two points of the game, Indiana took control and held the lead for the next 26:00 until a Mike Bruesewitz dunk gave the Badgers a 43-42 lead with 13:18 to play. Josh Gasser drove and dished to Bruesewitz who threw down a one-handed slam, drew a foul and made the free throw. Indiana would regain the lead at 46-44, but Wisconsin then went on a 15-6 run to put the game away, using Bruesewitz’s dunk as a springboard.

Stat of the Game
To showcase how strong of a free-throw shooting team Wisconsin has been this season, the Badgers shot 16-of-17 on Thursday night, but that 94.1 percent ranks as only the third-best performance of the year. UW entered the game leading the nation with an 81.2 accuracy mark, but uncharacteristically did not attempt a single free throw in the first half. Wisconsin came back strong in the second half though to make 16-of-17 en route to outscoring the Hoosiers, 39-26, after halftime.

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