WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Marcus White had 18 points and Matt
Kiefer 16 as Purdue defeated Wisconsin 70-62 Saturday night to snap
its five-game losing streak.
It was only the second victory in 10 games for Purdue (8-13, 2-8
Big Ten), while Wisconsin (15-7, 5-4) lost its third straight and
its fifth in six games.
Wisconsin opened a 10-2 lead in the opening minutes, but Kiefer
rallied the Boilermakers while scoring 9 of their first 11 points
and Purdue managed to take its first lead at 12-11 on a rebound
layup by Gary Ware.
The score was tied twice after that before Purdue moved ahead to
stay 20-17 on a 3-pointer by Chris Lutz, who contributed 11 points
and a game-high 6 assists.
The 3-pointer by Lutz ignited a 12-point Purdue run that
included two layups and a 3-pointer by Kiefer, who did all of his
scoring in the first half.
Purdue shot nearly 54 percent (14-of-26) in the first half to
lead 36-29 at the break and held a 55-39 advantage with 13 minutes
left in the game.
The Badgers got to within 10 points at 61-51 on a 3-pointer by
Michael Flowers and had the chance to get closer when Flowers came
up with a steal, drove the length of the court but missed an open
After Bryant Dillon missed the front end of two consecutive
bonus opportunities at the free-throw line, Tucker made a layup
that left Wisconsin trailing 61-56 with 2:03 to go.
The Badgers then sent Dillon back to the free-throw line again
with 1:56 and this time he made both shots. Wisconsin got to within
six points again before Purdue took command on a bucket by White, a
free throw by Lutz and two by Chris Hartley to lead 68-57 with 41
seconds to go.