Monday's college basketball: No. 3 Purdue loses Big Ten battle against No. 23 Wisconsin

Michael Marot
Associated Press

West Lafayette, Ind. — Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis was hungry Monday night.

After skipping breakfast in the morning and spending the afternoon trying to figure out how to beat No. 3 Purdue on the road for the first time in nearly eight years, the Badgers found plenty of ways to feed their sophomore star.

Purdue's Trevion Williams, right, reacts after hitting a shot during the first half of Monday's NCAA basketball game against Wisconsin in West Lafayette, Ind.

Davis scored a career-high 37 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and made most of the big shots to lead No. 23 Wisconsin past the third-ranked Boilermakers 74-69.

“I just went out and played my game,” Davis said. “My teammates did a really good job getting me the ball in the right spots.”

Davis repeatedly made the Boilermakers pay, too, by going 13-of-24 from the field, 2 of 5 on 3-pointers and 9-of-12 at the free-throw line. He also led the Badgers (11-2, 2-1 Big Ten) with two blocks and two steals.

Davis is the first Division I player to lead his team in all five categories in a road win over a top-five foe since Tim Duncan did it for Wake Forest against Maryland on Feb. 1, 1997.

Davis had plenty of help from other Badgers, too: Brad Davison scored 15 points and made two crucial 3s in the final four minutes and coach Greg Gard took a page out of Purdue’s playbook by playing a physical, harassing style and winning inside.

The result? Purdue (13-2, 1-2) lost for the first time since Dec. 9 and had a 13-game winning streak at Mackey Arena end. Zach Edey took advantage of his 7-foot-4 frame by scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, while Jaden Ivey added 14 points. It just wasn’t enough.

“We just have to grow up and be tougher, that’s it,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “That was a great lesson for us. You hate to have a loss as a lesson but that’s competition.”

Gard gambled that his team, which had been short-handed because of COVID-19 protocols, could overcome foul trouble by simply playing a tougher brand of basketball.

It looked as if Purdue had finally taken control when Ivey, Davis’ summer teammate with Team USA, scored on a layup with 11:11 left to give the Boilermakers a 49-42 lead.

Instead, Davis feasted on the Boilermakers defense. He scored three straight to give Wisconsin a 57-54 lead and when Purdue retook the lead at 58-57, Davis and Davison almost single-handedly led the Badgers on a decisive 14-5 run capped by Davis 3-pointer with 1 minute to go. That made it 71-63 and Purdue never fully recovered.

“I think it shows our team what we’re capable of being. We came in tonight, we weren’t scared they were ranked third or we were playing at their arena,” Davis said, explaining how the Badgers celebrated by spraying water in the locker room. “My jersey’s soaked right now and it’s cold. But they came out and fought tonight.”

More Monday games

(At) No. 9 Arizona 95, Washington 79: Ben Mathurin scored 27 points, Christian Koloko added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 9 Arizona returned from an extended break to beat Washington 95-79 on Monday night in Tucson, Ariz.

The Wildcats (12-1, 2-0 Pac-12) moved the ball well offensively in their first game in 16 days, shooting 55% and finishing with 28 assists on 33 made shots.

Kerr Kriisa finished with 21 points and Arizona went 12-of-25 from 3 for its best start since opening the 2015-16 season 13-1.

(At) Iowa 80, Maryland 75: Keegan Murray made 5 of 6 from 3-point range and finished with a career-high tying 35 points to help Iowa beat Maryland 80-75 on Monday night in Iowa City, Iowa.

Murray made 14 of 21 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots. Filip Rebraca had 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds for Iowa (11-3, 1-2 Big Ten) and Joe Toussaint added nine points, nine assists and three steals.