Boilermakers contain Harris, Morley

Badgers' regular ignition held in neutral

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Purdue's defense did a number on Wisconsin Wednesday.


Devin Harris was held to 12 points on just 4-for-10 shooting and was held without a field goal in the second half in the Badgers' 53-51 loss. Wisconsin's table-setter, averaging more than five assists per contest, Harris was also held to just two assists by the Boilermakers.


For most of the game, Purdue guard Kenneth Lowe, the Big Ten's reigning Defensive Player of the Year, stymied Harris, sticking with him as Harris worked his way through the Badgers' swing offense. Lowe also received help from his teammates, who kept Harris from finding any comfort when working off screens, or attempting to create off the dribble.


Harris went 1-for-6 from beyond the arc, including a misfire on the three at the buzzer that could have won the game. As testament to Purdue's defensive presence, even with two Boilermakers in the vicinity, Harris' final attempt was one of the cleaner looks he had had all night. On Wisconsin's previous possession, Harris had tried to find an opening for a three, but Purdue's pressure along the perimeter forced him to drive to the lane instead, where he drew a foul with 6.9 seconds remaining. Harris hit the two free throws, but the Boilermakers' defense won the game.


Morley blanked


Purdue also hemmed in Wisconsin reserve forward Zach Morley, who had scored in double figures in seven of the Badgers 13 games prior to Wednesday. Morley, however, was held scoreless for the first time in his UW career, going 0-for-2 from the floor in 14 minutes. Usually a sparkplug off the bench, Morley struggled with foul trouble and never looked comfortable against the Boilermakers.


The junior tallied 11 points in the conference opener against Indiana and added 13 against Michigan State Saturday. Morley's last single-digit outing, a three-point showing against Alabama, was also part of a Badger loss.

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