GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Purdue 73, Wisconsin 69


By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Zach Edey developed his closing mentality on the pitching mound. He showed Tuesday it works pretty well on the basketball court, too.

The strong, stone-faced freshman scored a career-high 21 points including nine straight during one stretch and led No. 23 Purdue to a crucial 73-69 victory over No. 25 Wisconsin.

"When the score gets close, my emotions come out and my inner competitiveness comes out," said Edey, who was a closer for his high school baseball team. "I love to compete in situations like that when the team's leaning on me like that."

With the Boilermakers in second-half foul trouble, the 7-foot-4 center did more than just stand tall. He delivered time after time - going 8 of 11 from the field and grabbing seven rebounds.

And after his initial flurry helped steady Purdue (17-8, 12-6 Big Ten), the Boilermakers never trailed again. Purdue has won four straight and five of its last six and is now in position to secure a bye in next week's Big Ten Tournament.

Ben Davison led the Badgers with 15 points while Micah Potter and Nate Reuvers each had 11. Wisconsin (16-10, 10-9), has lost four of five overall -- all against ranked teams - and five straight at Mackey Arena where they are 4-42 all-time.

Coach Greg Gard knew exactly what went wrong in this one.

"I thought we did a decent job on (Trevion) Williams, but Edey, obviously with is size there are some things that are harder to combat," Gard said. "They got him in good positions and spread us out and its hard to get back and defend him. And then his ability to get to the free-throw line, too."

Wisconsin had no answers for Edey - especially in the second half of a topsy-turvy game.

The initial nine-point flurry allowed Purdue to play from the lead and after Ivey and Aaron Wheeler finally broke up Edey's run, the Boilermakers finally led 61-56 with 4:44 left. Edey then scored the next two baskets to make it 65-62 and Purdue eventually closed it out at the free-throw line.

"The guy was a beast, man," Ivey said. "He came with that mentality and that's what we needed."

March 3, 2021



Wisconsin
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
T. Wahl F 36 3-5 1-2 0-2 6-10 2 0 0 1 1 7
A. Ford F 28 4-9 2-2 1-4 1-2 1 0 0 0 3 11
N. Reuvers F 25 5-10 1-3 0-3 0-2 0 2 0 2 3 11
B. Davison G 38 4-12 4-6 3-8 0-3 3 0 0 1 3 15
D. Trice G 35 2-10 4-4 2-8 0-3 4 0 0 0 3 10
J. Davis   16 1-4 0-0 0-1 0-2 0 2 0 0 3 2
M. Potter   15 3-5 4-4 1-3 2-3 1 1 1 1 4 11
T. Anderson   7 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Totals   200 23-57
(.404)
16-21
(.762)
7-29
(.241)
10-27 11 5 1 6 21 69


Purdue
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
T. Williams F 22 4-8 1-1 0-0 3-7 1 0 1 3 4 9
M. Gillis F 20 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-3 3 0 0 0 2 2
S. Stefanovic G 34 2-5 0-0 0-1 0-1 8 0 1 1 1 4
J. Ivey G 31 4-9 9-10 1-4 1-3 2 1 0 2 1 18
E. Hunter Jr. G 28 1-5 0-2 0-2 0-1 0 0 1 1 3 2
A. Wheeler   20 3-3 2-2 3-3 1-6 2 1 0 1 4 11
Z. Edey   18 8-11 5-7 0-0 4-7 1 1 0 1 3 21
B. Newman   15 0-5 1-2 0-2 0-5 1 0 0 1 1 1
I. Thompson   12 1-3 2-2 1-2 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 5
Totals   200 24-50
(.480)
20-26
(.769)
5-14
(.357)
11-37 18 3 3 10 19 73

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