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Badgers hand Purdue first loss

Jordan Taylor had a rocky start replacing Trevon Hughes.

The backup point guard committed two turnovers and missed a jumper immediately after Hughes picked up two quick fouls, but he got better in a hurry to help Wisconsin hand Purdue its first loss this season.

Taylor scored a career-high 23 points, Jason Bohannon tied a career high with 20 and No. 17 Wisconsin beat No. 4 Purdue 73-66 Saturday in Madison, Wis.

Taylor, a sophomore who has provided the Badgers a big lift on offense, went 7 of 11 from the field and 8 of 11 from the free-throw line.

"As much as they pressured us, it's not that difficult to get in the lane; but as well as they help, it's more difficult when you get in the lane to make your decision, make the right decision," Taylor said. "I made some bad decisions at the beginning, but I just tried to keep getting better throughout the game."

Purdue's 14-0 start tied the best in school history, but both the 1993-94 squad led by Glenn Robinson and this year's had their streaks end in Madison.

With former coach Gene Keady watching from behind the bench, Painter's Boilermakers (14-1, 2-1 Big Ten) trailed most of the game.

"It's bothersome," Painter said. "We didn't put ourselves in position to win even though we made it a little bit closer at the end. We simply didn't make it a basketball game until the very end."

E'Twaun Moore had 24 points and Robbie Hummel added 13, but it wasn't nearly enough to overcome the Boilermakers woes from 3-point range (3 of 10) and the free-throw line (13 of 24).

"It's frustrating that we lost. It's not frustrating that we're not 15-0," Hummel said. "This game was frustrating."

Wisconsin (13-3, 3-1) beat a top 10 team in Madison for the second time this season and improved to 130-10 at home in coach Bo Ryan's nine seasons. Purdue had been one of the only teams to give Wisconsin headaches. The Boilermakers had won four straight in the series and an unheard of two in a row in Madison.

"I believe in our guys. They'll go toe-to-toe with anybody, anytime," Ryan said. "We beat a good team, we beat a very good team."

No visitor has ever won three in a row in the nearly 12-year history of the Kohl Center and Wisconsin, which saw its six-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday night in a 54-47 loss to No. 10 Michigan State, took control in the opening minutes of the second half.

"It was very big for us," Bohannon said. "We had a tremendous team coming in here on our home court and we came off a tough loss at East Lansing. It was a big statement for us to come out strong and play well."

PURDUE (14-1): Hummel 3-13 6-6 13, Johnson 3-6 1-7 7, Kramer 4-8 1-2 9, Grant 1-3 2-2 4, Moore 10-14 2-5 24, Barlow 3-5 0-0 6, Byrd 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 1-4 0-0 2, Wohlford 0-0 1-2 1, Bade 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25- 53 13-24 66.

WISCONSIN (13-3): Leuer 2-15 0-0 4, Nankivil 1-5 0-0 2, Hughes 3-3 6-6 14, Bohannon 6-10 6-6 20, Jarmusz 0-4 0-1 0, Evans 3-5 1-1 7, Taylor 7-11 8-11 23, Bruesewitz 0-1 1-2 1, Wilson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 23-56 22 -27 73.

Halftime—Wisconsin 30-29. 3-Point Goals—Purdue 3-10 (Moore 2-3, Hummel 1-4, Grant 0-1, Smith 0-2), Wisconsin 5-19 (Hughes 2-2, Bohannon 2-5, Taylor 1-3, Bruesewitz 0-1, Nankivil 0-2, Jarmusz 0-3, Leuer 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Purdue 32 (Johnson 10), Wisconsin 39 (Leuer 10). Assists—Purdue 11 (Hummel 5), Wisconsin 9 (Jarmusz, Leuer, Taylor 2). Total Fouls—Purdue 25, Wisconsin 20. Technical—Wilson. A—17,230.

No. 3 Kentucky 76, Georgia 68 — Patrick Patterson and John Wall scored 17 points each to help Kentucky hold off Georgia.

DeMarcus Cousins added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (16-0), who are off to their best start since winning 23 games to open the 1965-66 season.

It wasn't easy. The Bulldogs (8-6) nearly pulled off their second straight upset behind a season-high 20 points from Travis Leslie and 17 points and 13 rebounds from Trey Thompkins.

Georgia pulled to 63-62 on a three-pointer by Thompkins with just over six minutes to play, but would make just one field goal the rest of the way.

Cousins scored seven of Kentucky's final 13 points, including the deciding layup with 36 seconds remaining.

GEORGIA (8-6): Leslie 9-13 2-3 20, Thompkins 5-15 6-6 17, Ware 2-5 2-2 7, McPhee 4-9 2-2 13, Jackson 1-3 0-0 2, Barnes 1-5 0-2 2, Williams 1-1 0-0 3, Mayfield 0-0 0-0 0, Anyaorah 0-0 0-0 0, Zlovaric 0-0 0- 0 0, Price 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 25-53 12-15 68.

KENTUCKY (16-0): Miller 1-2 3-5 5, Patterson 8-13 1-1 17, Cousins 5-10 6-10 16, Wall 5-14 6-9 17, Bledsoe 4-13 3-3 12, Liggins 2-3 2-2 6, Stevenson 0-0 0-0 0, Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Dodson 0-3 0-1 0, Orton 1-2 1- 2 3. Totals 26-60 22-33 76.

Halftime—Georgia 35-34. 3-Point Goals—Georgia 6-14 (McPhee 3-8, Williams 1-1, Thompkins 1-2, Ware 1-3), Kentucky 2-14 (Bledsoe 1-3, Wall 1-3, Miller 0-1, Liggins 0-1, Cousins 0-1, Patterson 0 -2, Dodson 0-3). Fouled Out—Barnes, Jackson, Price. Rebounds—Georgia 36 (Thompkins 13), Kentucky 33 (Cousins 7). Assists—Georgia 10 (McPhee, Thompkins 3), Kentucky 9 (Wall 5). Total Fouls—Georgi a 25, Kentucky 15. A—24,342.

No. 6 Villanova 78, Marquette 76 — Corey Stokes scored 16 points after missing a game with a hamstring injury, and Villanova survived a second scare in eight days against Marquette.

The Wildcats (14-1, 3-0 Big East) surged to a 22-point lead early in the second half only to have it eaten into by a series of late threes by the Golden Eagles.

Lazar Hayward sparked Marquette (10-6, 1-3), hitting four three-pointers in the second half to help whittle the deficit to single digits and put Villanova's three-year home winning streak in jeopardy.

Hayward sank two free throws after an intentional foul to make it 75-73. The Golden Eagles retained possession, but got nothing out of it once Jimmy Butler was swarmed on a double team and fumbled away the ball.

Antonio Pena made two free throws to seal the win.

MARQUETTE (10-6): Fulce 4-5 0-0 9, Hayward 6-15 4-4 20, Butler 2-4 10-10 14, Cubillan 0-1 0-0 0, Buycks 4-10 2-3 11, Johnson-Odom 5-12 3-8 16, Acker 2-6 0-0 6, Williams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-53 19-25 76.

VILLANOVA (14-1): Pena 3-6 5-5 11, Reynolds 3-6 7-9 15, Fisher 5-10 0-1 11, Redding 5-9 0-0 10, Stokes 6-11 0-0 16, Wayns 2-2 2-2 6, Yarou 0-0 0-0 0, Cheek 1-1 1-2 3, King 3-4 0-0 6, Armwood 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-49 15-19 78.

Halftime—Villanova 31-19. 3-Point Goals—Marquette 11-23 (Hayward 4-8, Johnson-Odom 3-6, Acker 2-2, Fulce 1-1, Buycks 1-5, Cubillan 0-1), Villanova 7-15 (Stokes 4-8, Reynolds 2-3, Fisher 1-2, Redding 0-1, King 0-1). Fouled Out—Hayward. Rebounds—Marquette 29 (Hayward 8), Villanova 27 (King 6). Assists—Marquette 16 (Buycks 4), Villanova 17 (Fisher, Reynolds 4). Total Fouls—Marquette 19 , Villanova 20. A—6,500.

Mississippi State 80, No. 14 Mississippi 75 — Dee Bost tied his career high with 25 points and fueled Mississippi State's upset of Mississippi with fearless drives to the basket.

Bost scored 17 points in the second half for the Bulldogs (13-3), drawing fouls as he attacked the paint against the Rebels (12-3) in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

The Bulldogs trailed 42-37 at halftime, but used runs of 8-2 and 13-2 to rally from as much as nine down.

Bost's drives led to free throws and the Bulldogs hit 7 of 8 during the second run, finally taking a lead on a layup in transition from Bost to make it 61-59. Bost hit 9 of 12 free throws and overall Mississippi State was 22 for 33 in the game, far outpacing Ole Miss, which attempted just 13.

Chris Warren led Ole Miss with 15 points.

MISSISSIPPI ST. (13-3): Augustus 4-10 4-4 13, Varnado 2-7 5-8 9, Johnson 5-9 2-4 15, Bost 7-13 9-12 25, Stewart 4-14 0-3 11, Osby 2-4 0-0 5, Benock 0-0 0-0 0, Turner 0-0 2-2 2, Riek 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-57 22-33 80.

MISSISSIPPI (12-3): Holloway 0-2 0-0 0, Cranston 3-3 0-0 6, Warren 5-17 2-2 15, Polynice 3-15 1-2 7, White 4-10 0-0 9, Henry 4-6 2-4 12, Buckner 4-5 0-0 8, Gaskins 1-4 2-3 4, Graham 5-10 1-2 14. Totals 29-72 8-1 3 75.

Halftime—Mississippi 42-37. 3-Point Goals—Mississippi St. 10-22 (Johnson 3-5, Stewart 3-6, Bost 2-5, Osby 1-2, Augustus 1-4), Mississippi 9-23 (Graham 3-4, Warren 3-8, Henry 2-3, White 1-5, P olynice 0-1, Gaskins 0-2). Fouled Out—Cranston. Rebounds—Mississippi St. 46 (Augustus, Varnado 12), Mississippi 39 (Graham 7). Assists—Mississippi St. 12 (Bost 6), Mississippi 15 (Polynice 7). T otal Fouls—Mississippi St. 13, Mississippi 21. A—9,360.

UNLV 74, No. 15 New Mexico 62 — Kendall Wallace made six of his seven three-pointers in the second half and finished with a career-high 21 points to help UNLV end the Lobos' 19-game homecourt winning streak.

Wallace shot 7 of 10 from 3-point range and Tra'Von Willis scored 20, helping the Rebels (13-3, 1-1 Mountain West) salvage an important split on a demanding conference-opening road trip. Three nights earlier, UNLV lost at No. 25 BYU.

Dairese Gary scored 17 points and Roman Martinez had 15 for New Mexico (14-3, 0-2), which won its first 12 games to reclaim a spot in the national rankings for the first time in 11 seasons but now has lost three of its last five.

UNLV(13-3): Stanback 6-15 0-0 14, Shaw 4-6 0-0 9, Bellfield 0-5 0-0 0, Jasper 2-8 2-3 6, Willis 6-13 7-8 20, Wallace 7-10 0-0 21, Marshall 1-1 0-0 2, Massamba 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Hawkins 0-0 0-0 0, Santee 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 27-59 9-11 74.

NEW MEXICO (14-3): Hardeman 1-4 0-4 2, Martinez 5-13 3-3 15, Hobson 5-8 4-7 14, Gary 2-7 13-15 17, McDonald 3-9 2-2 10, Dennis 0-2 0-0 0, Adams 0-0 0-0 0, Garth 0-1 0-0 0, Fenton 0-2 0-0 0, Brown 2-4 0-0 4. Tot als 18-50 22-31 62.

Halftime—UNLV 36-30. 3-Point Goals—UNLV 11-26 (Wallace 7-10, Stanback 2-5, Shaw 1-2, Willis 1-4, Jasper 0-2, Bellfield 0-3), New Mexico 4-18 (McDonald 2-5, Martinez 2-7, Garth 0-1, Gary 0-1, Hobson 0-1, Dennis 0-1, Fenton 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—UNLV 30 (Stanback 9), New Mexico 41 (Martinez 12). Assists—UNLV 20 (Bellfield 7), New Mexico 10 (Hobson 4). Total Fouls—UNLV 24, Ne w Mexico 15. A—14,586.

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