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(9) UW 72, Purdue 58: Last word
By ZACH HEILPRIN
The losing streak stops at three for the University of Wisconsin. The Badgers (17-3, 4-3) got 16 points from Frank Kaminsky and 15 from Sam Dekker to beat Purdue 72-58 on Saturday in West Lafayette.
Player of the game: Sam Dekker
For a second straight game the Badgers sophomore wasn’t shy in taking the ball to the basket and it paid off. While he was just 3 of 9 from the field, his attacking of the rim led to 11 trips to the free throw line. And he was able to knock down eight of them. Over the past two games Dekker has 36 points and 15 have come from the stripe. While his outside shot is still a little off, the willingness to mix it up inside cancels that out for the most part. He was also strong on the boards when Frank Kaminsky was forced to the bench – for a time – when he picked up a pair of fouls in the first half. He had seven on the day, tied with Josh Gasser for the most on the team.
The good: Evan Anderson
The rarely used redshirt junior gave Wisconsin valuable minutes in the first half when Kaminsky and freshman Nigel Hayes went to the bench with foul trouble. While not an offensive factor, the 6-foot-10 Anderson provided an inside presence that was lacking against Minnesota when they had the same foul problems. Instead of Zach Bohannon and Vitto Brown getting playing time, UW coach Bo Ryan went with Anderson. The stats weren’t extremely impressive – one rebound, one block, two fouls – but he drew a third foul on center A.J. Hammons and gave Wisconsin seven strong minutes in a game they needed to have.
The bad: Defensive rebounding
Wisconsin allowed 14 offensive rebounds and Purdue converted them into 14 second-chance points. The Badgers once again allowed a high number of points in the paint with 40 and part of the problem was the offensive rebounds they gave up. Still, Purdue missed so many shots – 42 of them to be exact – that the numbers have to be taken with a grain of salt. The Boilermakers also settled for way too many jump shots in the early parts of both halves.
Stat of the game:81.8%
That would be the Badgers shooting percentage from the free throw line. They went 27 of 33 for the game and hit 13 of their last 14 to finish the game off.
Odds and ends:
- All five Badgers’ starters scored in double figures led by Frank Kaminsky’s 16 points.
- Purdue shot just 35.4-percent (23 of 65) from the field after the last three Badgers' opponents were all over 50-percent.
- The Wisconsin victory was just their fourth at Mackey Arena since 1972.
- UW coach Bo Ryan was ill and didn’t take part in the post-game press conference.
After splitting their two-game road trip the Badgers return to the Kohl Center on Wednesday to face Northwestern at 8 p.m.
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