No. 10 Purdue Holds Off Wisconsin, 60-57

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Bucky's 5th Quarter: Badgers' Hughes Remains Confident Despite Poor Performance

It just wasn’t Trevon Hughes’ night. The Badgers’ leading scorer shot a paltry 3/11 from the field, clanked five free throw attempts, and missed the potential game winning shot, allowing the Boilermakers to escape the upset bid. So Hughes must be feeling pretty sour, right? No, not quite.

SB Nation’s Wisconsin Badger’s blog Bucky’s 5th Quarter points out that Hughes kept his spirits up in the locker room following his late miss:

But don’t think Hughes will be deterred from taking another game-winning shot in the future. After the game he offered this bold promise:

“They have faith to put the ball in my hands, and I didnt come out with it,” he said. “But I promise the next time I am in that predicament, I will.”

Don’t be surprised if Hughes finds himself in a similar situation once again this season. Though talented, the Badgers aren’t about to ignore their best player in crunch time.


No. 16 Wisconsin Looks To Sweep 10th-Ranked Purdue

Read more at our Boilermakers blog, Hammer And Rails, and our Badgers blog, Bucky's 5th Quarter.

West Lafayette, IN (Sports Network) - E'Twaun Moore totaled 20 points as 10th- ranked Purdue took down 16th-ranked Wisconsin, 60-57, in a Big Ten battle at Mackey Arena.

JaJuan Johnson had 14 points while Robbie Hummel added 12 points, 13 rebounds and five assists for the Boilermakers (17-3, 5-3 Big Ten), who have won three straight.

Keaton Nankivil went 7-of-8 from the three-point line and totaled 25 points and six rebounds for the Badgers (16-5, 6-3), who had won their previous two. Jordan Taylor had 13 points and five assists in the loss.

Hummel's jumper followed by two free throws from Johnson gave Purdue a six- point lead, and, after a free throw from Trevon Hughes, Moore's layup made it a seven-point game with 2 1/2 minutes to play.

However, Nankivil's three-pointer, Taylor's layup followed by another three- ball from Nankivil gave Wisconsin a 57-56 lead with 43 seconds left.

Off a timeout, Moore's soft, one-handed jumper with 27 seconds left gave Purdue the lead back.

Following another timeout, Hughes' three-ball shot from the top of the left arc fell short, but the ball went off a Purdue player and Wisconsin got the ball back with six seconds showing on the clock.

After a Wisconsin timeout, Hughes drove the lane and put up a shot off the glass, but it rimmed out and Johnson was fouled with a second left.

He hit both of his shots and a desperation heave was picked off by Purdue to seal the win.

Neither side scored in the first three minutes of the second half, but Jason Bohannon buried a three-ball to help Wisconsin score the first nine points of the half and take a 34-27 lead when Taylor capped the run on a jumper with about 14 1/2 minutes to play.

A bit later, the Boilermakers ripped off nine straight points with Moore's layup giving the team a 40-38 lead with just over 10 minutes to play.

After a pair of free throws from Taylor tied the game, Purdue tallied off the next eight points and Moore's layup gave the team a 48-40 lead with 7 1/2 to play.

A Rob Wilson jumper followed by a three-ball from Nankivil cut Wisconsin's deficit to 50-48 with 4 1/2 to play.

The game was tight throughout the first 20 minutes as neither side was able to build a substantial lead.

Hughes' layup with just under five minutes to play gave Wisconsin a 19-15 lead, but Purdue responded with the next eight points with Hummel's layup giving the team a 23-19 lead.

From there the score stayed tight and Moore's layup right before the buzzer gave the Boilermakers a 27-25 lead heading into the break.

Purdue hosts Penn State on Sunday...Wisconsin hosts Michigan State on Tuesday...Purdue, which lost to Wisconsin, 73-66, in Madison on January 9, holds a 103-63 lead in the series.

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