Purdue defeated Wisconsin 66-55 on Sunday in front of a sold out Mackey Arena and a full Paint Crew just back from Christmas break. It was a deafening environment at times but Boilermaker fans are used to that for these big matchups.
The first half of the game was a back and forth battle that the referees really slowed down with a ridiculous amount of questionable calls on both teams. Nigel Hayes of Wisconsin started off efficient, tallying seven points on 3-6 shooting in the first half but the Badgers struggled elsewhere, shooting only 35% from the field and 0-6 from long distance.
Purdue, on the other hand, shot well but turned the ball over 11 times in the opening half and were lucky to lead by 6 at halftime.
In the second half, Wisconsin had a chance to cut the lead to two on a wide open layup by D’Mitrik Trice but Trice missed and Purdue went on a 12-0 run fueled by 7 points from Ryan Cline. From that point on Purdue held a sizable lead.
Biggie Swanigan had his eighth consecutive double-double with 18 pts and 13 rebounds and Isaac Haas was efficient with 13pts on 4-6 shooting.
Purdue’s next game is at Iowa on Thursday.