Number 9 Badgers end skid with 72-58 win at Purdue
Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bo Ryan. Image by Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Sam Dekker and Traevon Jackson each scored 15 points Saturday, helping No. 9 Wisconsin end its three-game losing streak with a 72-58 victory at Purdue.
The Badgers (17-3, 4-3 Big Ten) won for the first time since starting 16-0. It was only their fourth win ever at Mackey Arena.
Terone Johnson and Bryson Scott each had 10 points to lead Purdue, but the Boilermakers (13-7, 3-4) lost their second straight.
Wisconsin relied on an old-school formula to win this one -- committing just nine turnovers while limiting the Boilermakers to just 35.4 percent shooting from the field.
Despite making only 13 baskets over the final 34 minutes, the Badgers still managed to turn a three-point halftime lead into a 10-point advantage early in the second half, then fended off one Purdue charge before pulling away late.