Jon Leuer, JaJuan Johnson, UW men's basketball at Purdue
Wisconsin forward Jon Leuer shoots in front of Purdue center JaJuan Johnson in the first half of the Boilermakers' 70-62 win in West Lafayette, Ind., Wednesday, Feb. 16. Michael Conroy/Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. — Bo Ryan noticed some similarities when he looked at the shot chart after the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team's 70-62 loss to Purdue on Wednesday night at Mackey Arena.

The Badgers' shot selection was the same as it was last Saturday when they defeated previously undefeated Ohio State at the Kohl Center. But this time, from a different gym, they missed most of them.

"If you can't hit some of those wide-open 3s that we had, it's going to be a long night," the UW coach said.

It certainly was for No. 10 Badgers (19-6, 9-4 Big Ten), who watched the Boilermakers (21-5, 10-3) earn the win and take over sole possession of second place in the Big Ten Conference standings by following the same kind of blueprint the Badgers used to win at the Kohl Center.

"In order to come in here and get Purdue in their place, certain things have to fall into place and all of those things didn't," Ryan said after the Badgers lost for the 34th time in the past 35 games they've played at Mackey.

The Badgers got 23 points and four rebounds from senior forward Jon Leuer. Junior guard Jordan Taylor added 15 points, five assists and five rebounds, while Ryan Evans had 11 points and six rebounds.

Taylor, who had 27 points against the Buckeyes, said he was disappointed in his performance that included a mental lapse that led to an E'Twaun Moore dunk and a rest on the bench early in the second half.

"I think I could have done more," Taylor said. "The way the game played out, it just didn't go our way."

Taylor's assist total could have been higher if his teammates made more shots after he drew attention with dribble drives and found them unguarded. They shot 40.7 percent overall (24 of 59) and a mere 15.8 percent from 3-point range (3 of 19). They were 8.3 percent from behind the arc (1 of 12) in the second half.

Freshman Josh Gasser and sophomore Mike Bruesewitz, both of whom combined to break the Buckeyes' back by going 5-for-5 from 3-point range, were 0-for-5 this time.

"You can't go five-for-five every game. But maybe we could get a couple to go down," Ryan said. "You can't beat a Purdue, you can't beat anybody in the Big Ten without completing some of those."

The Boilermakers shot 42.9 percent overall (24 of 56) and 31.2 percent from 3-point range (5 of 16) while getting 20 points and 10 rebounds from senior forward JaJuan Johnson and 18 points from Moore, a senior guard.

The biggest difference-maker was junior guard Lewis Jackson, who had 18 points, five assists and four rebounds in his matchup with Taylor. He scored just one point during the Badgers' 66-59 win over Purdue at the Kohl Center on Feb. 1.

"They told me I had to be special," Jackson said. "It all kind of came together tonight."

Despite the Badgers' shooting struggles, they cut into a 51-38 deficit with 11 minutes, 14 seconds to go with an 18-7 run in just 13 possessions that made it 58-56 following two Evans free throws with 3:55 remaining. The Badgers shot eight of their 13 free throw attempts for the game during that run.

"Coming back from 13 down during that stretch there, I found some things out about some of our guys," Ryan said. "I liked that. ... we were finally getting to the line."

But Moore scored five straight points and Johnson added two free throws to make it 65-56 with 1:48 left and the Badgers never got closer than five the rest of the way.

"We definitely could smell blood in the water when we were coming back but they hit some big plays, you have to give them credit," Leuer said.

 

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