Mackey: UW’s den of horrors
If ever a UW team stepped into this cozy but crazy basketball venue with momentum, it had to be Bo Ryan’s current team, ranked No. 10 in both top-25 polls and coming off a victory over then-No. 1 Ohio State just four days earlier.
Purdue’s players weren’t fearful.
The No. 11 Boilermakers hounded UW guard Jordan Taylor from the opening tip, took the lead for good late in the first half and led by as many as 13 points before holding off a late rally to prevail, 70-62, Wednesday night.
Purdue (21-5, 10-3 Big Ten Conference) moved to within two games of first-place Ohio State (25-1, 12-1), which visits Mackey Arena on Sunday, and beat UW here for the 37th time in 39 games.
UW (19-6, 9-4) fell three games out of the lead.
“They have talented guys, they are well-coached and it is a tough place to play, too,” said UW senior forward Jon Leuer, who hit 10 of 18 shots and finished with a game-high 23 points. “But we don’t ever make excuses and we know we had a chance and we let one slip away.”
A rare victory at Mackey Arena slipped away after UW pieced together an 18-7 run to trim a 51-38 deficit to 58-56 with 3 minutes 55 seconds remaining.
Leuer scored seven points, Taylor added five of his 15 points and sophomore forward Ryan Evans added four of his 11 points to spark the run.
“We smelled blood in the water,” Leuer said.
Purdue senior guard E’Twaun Moore spit the blood right back at UW with two huge baskets in a span of 1:18 to push Purdue’s lead back to 63-56.
First Moore hit a tough floater over UW’s Keaton Nankivil with 3:25 remaining and 5 seconds left on the shot clock. The Boilermakers got the ball back after a missed three-pointer by Nankivil. On a subsequent inbound play, Moore came free on the right wing after screening for JaJuan Johnson and buried a three-pointer with 2:07 remaining for a 63-56 lead.
Evans was guarding Moore on the inbound play, but when Moore went to screen for Johnson, Evans got caught inside trying to make sure Johnson wasn’t free to go to the basket for a lob.
“That was my mistake,” Evans said.
The Badgers allowed 70 points for the first time all season.
UW women fall
The University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team was held to 11 points in the first half en route to a 59-44 loss at Iowa in Big Ten Conference play here Wednesday.
The loss drops the third-place Badgers to 9-4 in the Big Ten and 14-11 overall.
The 11-point first half tied a school record for least points scored in a half. Wisconsin scored just two points in the final 14 minutes of the half.
UW’s leading scorers Alyssa Karel and Lin Zastrow each had just two points in the first 20 minutes. Karel finished with 15 points. Zastrow and Jade Davis scored nine points apiece.
Iowa went to 20-7, 8-6.
The Badgers played without senior Tara Steinbauer, who injured her leg in the first two minutes of play.
“This is a tough one when you look at the schedule,” said UW coach Lisa Stone. “Our team was so focused. I feel bad for them that we couldn’t get this done.”
Wisconsin hosts Michigan at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
IOWA 59, WISCONSIN 44
Wisconsin (44)—Davis, 2-6 4-4 9; Steinbauer, 1-1 0-0 2; Zastrow, 4-12 1-1 9; Wurtz, 3-8 0-0 7; Karel, 7-17 0-0 15; Paige, 0-4 0-0 0; Stephen, 0-3 0-0 0; Covington, 1-2 0-0 2; Rochel, 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 18-54 5-5 44.
Iowa (59)—Krei, 3-8 0-0 7; Printy, 3-8 4-4 12; Johnson, 5-12 3-3 13; Wahlin, 8-14 0-0 19; Alexander, 2-9 2-2 6; Hansen, 0-1 0-0 0; Cermak, 1-1 0-0 2; Draxten, 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 22-54 9-9 59.
Wisconsin 11 33—44
Iowa 24 35—59
Three-point goals—3-13 (Davis 1-4, Zastrow 0-1, Wurtz 1-3, Karel 1-2, Paige 0-3), Iowa 6-20 (Krei 1-4, Printy 2-5, Wahlin 3-7, Alexander 0-2, Hansen 0-1, Draxten 0-1). Rebounds—Wisconsin 27 (Covington 4), Iowa 41 (Alexander 11). Assists—Wisconsin 7 (Davis 2, Covington 2), Iowa 14 (Alexander 7). Total fouls—Wisconsin 14, Iowa 9.
ter hitting 50 percent from three-point range (12 of 24) and 51 percent overall against Ohio State (25 of 49), UW’s shooters went cold.
Nankivil (1 of 6), Leuer (1 of 4), sophomore forward Mike Bruesewitz (0 of 3) and freshman guard Josh Gasser (0 of 2) combined to make just 2 of 15 three-pointers. UW finished 3 of 19 overall (15.8 percent).
Bruesewitz and Gasser combined to hit 5 of 5 three-pointers against Ohio State. Nankivil is a combined 4 of 20 from three-point range in his last three games.
“You look at the wide-open threes that Josh and Mike Bruesewitz had,” Ryan said. “You can’t beat a Purdue (or) anybody in the Big Ten without hitting some of those.”
Johnson (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Moore (19 points) matched their combined scoring average, but UW couldn’t handle point guard Lewis Jackson.
The 5-foot-9 junior, who scored one point in Purdue’s loss in Madison earlier this month and came in averaging 7.2 points per game, added 18 points, five assists and four rebounds.
“They told me earlier today I had to be special,” Jackson said. “It all kind of came together tonight.”
Taylor was limited to four field-goal attempts in the first half and scored nine of his points in the last 6:43.
He also failed to block out Jackson, who grabbed an offensive rebound and scored in the lane to put UW in a 10-point hole with 9:19 left.
“It was just a mental lapse,” said Taylor, who was critical of his overall performance. “We can’t have those in games like that.”
Not if you expect to win at Mackey Arena.