Ryan Greene

Dunk of the Year nominee: Purdue guard E'Twaun Moore

Ryan Greene
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First, you've got to credit Purdue point guard Lewis Jackson for the pin-point, bullet pass between a trio of defenders in transition.

But there's no question that E'Twaun Moore's finish made the dish look that much better.

The 6-foot-4 senior threw down a vicious, one-handed slam over Wisconsin's Jon Leuer during the early second half run that gave the Boilermakers firm control of a game they went on to win Wednesday night, 70-62.

To say that Leuer got dunked on is accurate, but he avoided a good amount of embarrassment by not getting over to the other side of the paint in time to properly set up for a charge.

Instead, he watched the ball go through in a flash and then ricochet off of his person and back up the floor. During Moore's follow through, Leuer was actually thrown backwards some.

Moore scored 19 points in 34 minutes for 11th-ranked Purdue, who broke a tie with the 10th-ranked Badgers for second place in the Big Ten by improving to 21-5 overall and 10-3 in the league.

It was the perfectly scripted lead-in to Sunday's afternoon showdown with No. 2 Ohio State in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes, who lost for the first time this season at Wisconsin last Saturday, are two games ahead of Purdue in the Big Ten standings at 12-1.

Previous Dunk of the Year nominees:

Illinois forward Brandon Paul

Central Florida guard Marcus Jordan

Syracuse forward C.J. Fair

Old Dominion guard Kent Bazemore

High Point guard Shay Shine

Memphis forward D.J. Stephens

Dayton forward Chris Wright

Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham

Vanderbilt's Jeffery Taylor

Arizona forward Derrick Williams

Indiana forward Tom Pritchard

Indiana guard Will Sheehey

Louisville guard Kyle Kuric

Tennessee guard Scotty Hopson

Ryan Greene also covers UNLV and the Mountain West Conference for the Las Vegas Sun. Read his Rebels coverage and follow him on Twitter.

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