WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – In one of Purdue’s biggest games in this season, the Boilermakers did not disappoint as they knocked Wisconsin from the ranks of the Big Ten unbeatens with a 66-55 win over the No. 13 Badgers.
Caleb Swanigan led Purdue with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Despite shooting 55 percent in the first 20 minutes, Purdue held on to lead 29-23 at halftime. Wisconsin trailed 40-36 with 14:35 to go when D’Mitrik Trice missed an open layup that would’ve cut deficit.
That’s when Ryan Cline led a 12-0 run mid-second half to pull away from the Badgers. Cline scored seven straight as part of that burst.
The Boilermakers (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten) have won nine of 10 overall and three straight in this series.
Ethan Happ had 17 points and Nigel Hayes had 10 for the Badgers (13-3, 2-1).
Purdue’s defense never allowed the Badgers to get in sync. The Boilermakers used their size and strength inside to create problems for the Badgers, who shot 39 percent from the field, were 2 of 14 on 3-pointers and got outrebounded 34-22.
Isaac Haas added 13 points for the Boilermakers.
Next up for Purdue: Iowa. The Boilermakers have a chance to pick up their third series win of the season on Thursday.