MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Frank Kaminsky can turn a defense inside-out.
It’s not often that a 7-foot center possesses the shooting touch of a guard.
Wisconsin’s big man scored 22 points and went 4 of 5 from 3-point range, Traevon Jackson added 14 points and the ninth-ranked Badgers finished off their home schedule with a 76-70 victory over Purdue on Wednesday night.
Josh Gasser added 13 points and went 9 of 10 from the free throw line for a typically balanced Badgers offense in their eighth straight win.
“Yeah, we have multiple guys that can have anywhere from 14 to 20 as far as points,” coach Bo Ryan said matter-of-factly. “This isn’t unusual.”
But highly annoying to opponents.
“They’ve got five guys out there who can handle, pass it and shoot it, and they really put you in a bind,” Boilermakers coach Matt Painter said.
The Badgers (25-5, 12-5 Big Ten) shot 48 percent from the field in the first half before shooing away pesky Purdue (15-15, 5-12).
While Wisconsin was never really seriously threatened, the Boilermakers at least kept it a little interesting late. A 16-point lead was whittled to 58-51 with 5 minutes left off a transition layup by Ronnie Johnson before Sam Dekker converted a three-point play about 30 seconds later to revitalize the Badgers.
Wisconsin could have made it slightly easier by hitting a few more free throws in the second half, when they went 20 of 27 from the line. Kendall Stephens of Purdue hit a 3 from the corner just before time expired for the final margin.
“The score was a little misrepresentative of the game,” Jackson said. “I thought we did a good job the entire game keeping control of it.”
Johnson had 15 points for the Boilermakers, who lost their fifth straight and fell into sole possession of last place in the conference. Purdue lost a third consecutive game to a ranked opponent after falling to No. 12 Michigan last week and No. 24 Iowa on Sunday.
Johnson was 7 of 17 from the field for Purdue, while Terone Johnson finished with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting. A.J. Hammons had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Not enough production to overcome the Badgers, even with Wisconsin’s own issues of late during the winning streak with keeping opponents in games. At least there was no repeat of last season’s final game at the Kohl Center, which was spoiled by the Boilermakers with a 69-56 victory.