MADISON, Wis – A young squad has produced a number of frustrating moments for Matt Painter throughout the 2012-2013 season.
Turnovers, missed shots and general errors have plagued the Boilermakers as they’ve compiled a 6-9 record in a strong Big Ten this season.
But for one afternoon in Madison, Painter got a chance to see what his team is capable of when they are void of the frustrating mistakes that have hurt them all year.
Using a solid defensive effort Purdue stunned No. 17 Wisconsin 69-56 Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center in what is easily their biggest win this season. The Boilers improve to 14-15 on the season as they hope to use the victory as momentum before the Big Ten Tournament.
Senior forward D.J. Byrd led the surprising effort with a game-high 22 points which included six three-pointers while his teammate Terone Johnson added 16. The duo helped the Boilers outscore Wisconsin 50-24 in the final 28 minutes.
Purdue had trailed by as many as 13 points but were able to cut the deficit to five by halftime. In the second half it was a complete turnaround as the Boilers dominated the glass and ended up beating the Badgers by 11 on the boards by game’s end.
Johnson hit three consecutive jumpers in the middle of the second half to give Purdue their first lead of the second half which they wouldn’t let go as they outscored the Badgers 38-20 in the half.