Reserves play key role in UW men's hoops win over PurdueWisconsin Sports
-- The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team came back from seven points down in the second half last night to beat 11th-ranked Purdue, 66-59 in Madison.
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team came back from seven points down in the second half last night to beat 11th-ranked Purdue, 66-59 in Madison.
The 19th-ranked Badgers trailed by one with just over a minute left. But Ryan Evans hit a jumper with 50 seconds to go – and that started a game-ending 8-0 run for Wisconsin. Jon Leuer had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Badgers. Jordan Taylor added 15 points, seven boards, and five assists as the Badgers recovered from their loss at Penn State last Saturday. Reserves played a key role in the win as Evans finished with 10 points and made several key plays and freshman Josh Gasser scored 11 points.
JaJuan Johnson scored 23 for Purdue, which lost for the second time in three games. The Boilermakers remain in second place in the Big Ten at 7-3, with an overall mark of 18-5. The Badgers pulled to within a half-game of Purdue at 6-3, with an overall record of 16-5.
About 13,000 fans braved last night’s blizzard to watch the game in the Kohl Center. Wisconsin will host Michigan State on Sunday. Tip-off is at noon.