When the Badgers need baskets down the stretch in games, they often go to point guard Trevon Hughes and he delivers most of the time. But last night in West Lafayette, Hughes had his number called again with the Badgers down by 1. Hughes missed a contested runner and the 10th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers pulled out a 60-57 win over the 16th ranked Badgers.
On the defensive end, Wisconsin just couldn’t get the one stop when they needed one.
Purdue’s E’Twaun Moore led the Boilermakers with 20 points, scoring in the lane with 25.2 seconds left to give Purdue a 58-57 lead. The Badgers then worked the clock down before Hughes missed his shot.
Hughes took the final shot for the Badgers, despite Keaton Nankivil scoring a career high 25 points, hitting 7 of 8 three-pointers and 9 of 14 overall from the field.
Purdue (5-3) pulled to within 1/2 game lead of the Badgers (6-3) for second place in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is 16-5 overall. They’re off until next Tuesday night when they host Big Ten leading Michigan State at the Kohl Center.