Game Day Grades: Purdue

MADISON - Leading by 13 points in the first half, No.17 Wisconsin managed only 20 points after halftime, missing 18 straight 3-pointers in a 69-56 loss to Purdue in the home finale Sunday. Badger Nation hands out the grades.

Offense: D

Purdue got physical in the second half and didn't allow Wisconsin get comfortable offensively, which is evident by the Badgers shooting 29.6 percent (8-for-27) from the field. That number was a far cry from the first half when Wisconsin shot 50 percent from the field and built a 13-point lead.

The Badgers had three players score in double figures. Jared Berggren led the way with 13 points and Ryan Evans and Sam Dekker each had 10 points.

Wisconsin didn't take care of the basketball turning it over 11 times. Traevon Jackson had four turnovers – all in the second half - and threw it to the other team twice. When Wisconsin was trying to make a comeback late, turnovers kept resulting in empty possessions.

Wisconsin struggled from the 3-point line by shooting 21.4 percent (6-for-28) in the game and missing its last 18 3-point shots. With the Badgers relying on the three, UW didn't get the ball down low as much as they could in the first half. The Badgers finished with 18 points in the paint, 14 of which came in the second half.

Defense: D

The Badgers couldn't stop the Boilers from getting into the lane, especially Terone Johnson in particular. Johnson had 16 points. Purdue finished with 26 points in the paint.

Wisconsin also had no answer for D.J. Byrd on the perimeter. Scoring 18 of his 22 points from 3-point range, Byrd benefited from the Boilermakers using screens to get him open, which worked consistently. Purdue shot the basketball well throughout the game, finishing 26-for-47 (45.6 percent).

Wisconsin didn't play disciplined defense at times committing 17 team fouls the Boilers went 11-17 from the line. When Wisconsin did play discipline defense, the Badgers couldn't convert, managing only six points off 12 Purdue turnovers.

Overall: D

Wisconsin played well in the first half and then a different team showed up in the second half. The team that showed up in the second half wasn't good. Wisconsin went on a scoring drought, turned the ball over and couldn't prevent the Boilers from getting in to the paint.

If Wisconsin could stop Johnson from getting in the lane, it would be a different game. It also might have helped if Wisconsin didn't struggle to hedge screens, which resulted in Purdue getting open looks it was able to knock down.

Ben Brust, Dekker and Evans each had eight points in the first half and were able to get the team moving, but all three were nonexistent in the second half. Dekker and Evans each had two points in the second half while Brust was scoreless.

Having a 14-to-4 assist-to-turnover ratio the last three games, Jackson committed four turnovers in the second half and managed only six points. If history repeats, he'll be able to shrug it off moving forward.

Game MVP: Ryan Evans. Three days after suffering a right knee sprain, Evans finished with 10 points (4-for-6 from the floor), seven rebounds, four assists and one steal. His jump-shooting free throws also continued, as he went 2-for-4 from the line. Evans was whistled for four fouls (three that were ticky tack) that took him out of the flow of things, but was productive with his minutes on the floor.

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