Beyond the Box: Purdue 69, No. 17 Wisconsin 56

<b>Jared Berggren was one of five Badgers seniors honored prior to Sunday's game at the Kohl Center.</b>

Jared Berggren was one of five Badgers seniors honored prior to Sunday's game at the Kohl Center.

March 3, 2013

The performance won’t rank as one of the most memorable for Jared Berggren, but that’s mostly because the Badgers will quickly forget about Sunday’s 69-56 loss to Purdue and move on to the pair of crucial Big Ten games remaining on their schedule. Still, the senior led the way for No. 17 Wisconsin on Senior Day, scoring a team-high 13 points to go along with eight rebounds and four more blocks to improve his own school record for career swats to 130. In a microcosm of the Badgers’ day, Berggren went 3-for-6 from inside the arc and 4-for-4 at the free throw line but finished just 1-for-6 from 3-point range. As a team, the Badgers shot just 21.4 percent from distance.

Berggren came through with an easy bucket when the Badgers badly needed one in the second half. Wisconsin had gone cold, and Purdue put together a 16-1 run that quickly erased the Badgers’ lead and staked the Boilermakers to a nine-point cushion at 54-45. UW looked to turn the corner with 9:18 to play, when Berggren dropped a pass to Evans, lost his defender and curled to the basket. Evans then faked a pass to Sam Dekker before tossing up an alley-oop that Berggren flushed to break a string of five straight missed field goals for UW.

When Berggren buried a jumper less than three minutes into the second half -- to give him six points in the first 2:44 of the period -- the Badgers’ lead had swelled back to nine. Over its next 10 possessions, however, the Badgers went 1-for-6 from the floor and committed four turnovers while scoring just three points. That’s when Purdue turned up the heat with its 16-2 run that -- in just eight minutes -- turned a nine-point lead for the Badgers into a nine-point hole they would not be able to climb out of.

While Purdue shot consistently well -- 44.8 percent in the first half and 46.4 percent in the second -- the bottom fell out for Wisconsin. After hitting 50.0 percent of their shots in the first half (14-for-28), the Badgers shot at a 29.6-percent clip after halftime, including an 0-for-12 showing from 3-point range.

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