Wis.-Milwaukee 73, Purdue 68
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP)—Ed McCants scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half to lead Wisconsin-Milwaukee to a 73-68 victory over Purdue on Wednesday night.
McCants hit a 3-pointer to spark an 11-1 run midway through the second half that gave the Panthers (15-4) their first lead and propelled them to their eighth win in a row.
Adrian Tigert added 17 points for the Panthers, who hounded the reeling Boilermakers with a tenacious full-court press.
Carl Landry had 26 points and 10 rebounds for Purdue (4-13), but did most of his damage in the first 22 minutes and faded down the stretch as the Boilermakers lost for the seventh time in a row.
Purdue was up by as many as 11 points in the first half and led for the first 27 minutes before the Panthers made their run.
McCants got things going, then Tigert and Chris Hill followed with 3-pointers. McCants capped the run with a reverse layup for a 61-52 lead with under nine minutes to play.
That score came after Purdue’s third straight turnover, prompting coach Gene Keady to bury his face in his hands and mutter to himself in frustration.
It’s been that kind of season for Keady, who is in his 25th and final year on the Purdue bench.
Things have been going so poorly for the Boilermakers that Wisconsin-Milwaukee from the small Horizon League was actually favored by two points on the road against a Big Ten opponent.
Landry dominated the action early, scoring 11 points in the first 10 minutes as Purdue jumped out to a 22-11 lead.
But the Panthers’ full-court pressure started getting to the Boilermakers, creating turnovers to fuel a 9-2 run that got Wisconsin-Milwaukee back in the game. Purdue committed 12 turnovers in the first half and 19 for the game.
Joah Tucker had 11 points for Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Boo Davis scored 15 and sealed the Panthers’ first win over a Big Ten team since 1992 win with a 3-pointer with 57 seconds to go.
David Teague scored 15 points and Brandon McKnight scored all 12 of his points in the first half for Purdue.