WEST LAFAYETTE, IN- #15 Purdue finished the regular season with a win tonight 91-80 over Wisconsin. Purdue finished the season 24-7 and 12-6 in conference, while Wisconsin falls to 20-11 on the season and 12-6 in conference.
Purdue and Wisconsin started the game trading baskets. Through the first 8:51, Wisconsin held a slim one point lead over the Boilers 16-15. Then it became a game of runs. Vitto Brown, Zak Showalter, and Bronson Koenig all hit three sand Wisconsin used a 13-6 run to jump out to an eight point lead, 29-21.
That’s when Thompson and Edwards heated up. Purdue went on a 13-5 run after the 3rd TV timeout with Thompson having nine of those points of threes. Purdue then followed that up with an 11-5 run to end the half with Vince hitting two threes and Thompson adding his fifth of the half. Purdue held the lead at half 45-39. Purdue had one of their hottest shooting halves of the year hitting 63% inside the arc and 66.7% outside of the arc.
Purdue didn’t let up to start the second half. A 9-3 run by Purdue pushed the lead up to 12 at 54-42 at the first media timeout. Hayes (30 pts. 18 reb.) did his best to keep Wisconsin in it. Wisconsin cut it to seven with 4:46, but that was as close as Wisconsin would get. Caleb Swanigan had a huge game finishing with 27 points and 8 rebounds while going 14-17 from the free throw line. Painter was asked about Swanigan development and he said, “He has a good vision and works hard on his game. When he keeps things simple, he has more success.” P.J. Thompson had a career night scoring 22 points and hitting six three-pointers. P. J. said about his offense, “It had a lot to do with taking what the offense gave me.” Vince Edwards had a complete game scoring 11 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds. It was easily one of Purdue’s most complete games offensively and an important game heading into tournament season.
It was an emotional night as it was senior night for A.J, Hammons, Raphael Davis, Johnny Hill, and Raphael Davis played their final games in Mackey Arena. A.J. had another typical strong game scoring 16 and having 8 rebounds. This senior class has been through a lot in their four years at Purdue and it was a fitting end for them to go out with a victory.
Purdue gets a double-bye in the Big Ten Tournament and their next game will be Friday against the Iowa/Illinois, Minnesota winner.