Ethan Happ had a really good game, finishing with 31 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. But the one big number — his eight turnovers — played a big role in the Badgers (11-5, 3-2 Big Ten) losing their second consecutive home game.
Wisconsin, which entered the game with the second-lowest turnover percentage in the nation (9.1 per game), finished with 17 turnovers in 72 possessions. Two of those came on back-to-back possessions in overtime after taking a two point lead.
“We have been so good in that area,” Badgers Head Coach Greg Gard said. “To have that rear its ugly head obviously was disappointing.”
Gard was also unhappy with Purdue grabbing 17 offensive rebounds.
Sophomore guard D’Mitrik Trice added 17 points for UW, including two big 3-pointers in the final minute of regulation, and Davison added 14.
Happ used a spin move to get around Purdue freshman Trevion Williams for a layup that gave the Badgers a 79-77 lead with 2:02 remaining in overtime.
However, Wisconsin’s next two possessions ended with turnovers by junior guard Brevin Pritzl and Happ, and Purdue took an 81-79 lead on two free throws by Grady Eifert with 38.3 seconds remaining.
Trice drove to the basket but missed the shot that would have tied it and Cline made a free throw to give Purdue a three-point lead.
Purdue fouled Trice, who made the first free throw but missed the second attempt. The Badgers fouled Edwards, who made both attempts with 8.1 seconds to seal the win for Purdue.
Happ had 18 points by halftime, but Purdue made life more difficult for him in the second half by occasionally sending double teams his way.
“I’m glad we don’t have to play him again,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said after the only scheduled meeting between the two teams during the regular season.
UW probably feels the same way about Edwards.
The Badgers self inflicted mistakes cost them a chance for a big win. Safe to say that the game Monday night at Maryland is even bigger now. Similar to last week after losing to Minnesota, but stealing a win at Maryland is a bit different than doing so at Penn State.