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March 3, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - Purdue had several special individual performances in its 69-56 upset victory over No. 17 Wisconsin, but it was a collective effort on the boards that may have won it the game.
The Boilermakers outrebounded the Badgers 39-27, including 12-6 on the offensive end.
And the aggressive charge was led by the guards.
D.J. Byrd had a team-high eight, Rapheal Davis and Terone Johnson had seven apiece and point guard Ronnie Johnson had five.
"I thought we did a good job when a shot went up," said Byrd, whose career high in rebounds is nine. "A lot of times a couple Wisconsin guys weren't crashing the boards, they were getting back on D, so we knew we weren't going to have box out to go get the ball. So I thought Ray did a good job going to get the ball, so did Terone, and I thought we blocked out pretty good for the most part and that's what we needed to do to get a win here.
"How much did we outrebound them by - 10, 12? That was the game right there."
Purdue was able to make its run to grab the lead and extend it in the second largely because of its dominance on the boards.
After Purdue took a 45-44 lead with about 13:20 left, Wisconsin had only three opportunities for second-chance points over the next 12 minutes.
"I would say the deciding factor is we were quicker to the ball than we've been in our previous games," Coach Matt Painter said. "You see that with the difference in rebounding."
In his four seasons with the Boilermakers, Byrd said he had won at every Big Ten venue except the Kohl Center.
He made sure to complete the sweep, tying a season high with 22 points by drilling six three-pointers in the victory.
"It's very special," Byrd said. "It was really cool to finally get that done. It feels good to win in this place because Bo Ryan has always had a good winning percentage here and on their senior night, so it was really special for us."
The big man again made his minutes count.
In a season-high 21 minutes, Marcius had 10 points, five rebounds and three steals. But the numbers don't tell the story.
Again, Marcius' energy fueled Purdue, helping spark the Boilermakers in the upset. Because of that, it was Marcius who was on the floor much of the second half, not Hammons.
"Sandi did a good job moving his feet and got a couple of huge steals," Painter said. "He did a good job bringing energy because (Jared) Bergreen did a good job neutralizing Hammons. Sandi really gave us a lift."
In his two other high-minute games this season - 17 against Hofstra and Indiana - Marcius also produced. He had 11 points and rebounds against Hofstra and seven points and seven rebounds against Indiana.
"This one is way better since we won," he said. "I'm just proud. It felt so good, especially on defense, we'd talk so much. People just encouraged each other, especially in screens or switching. People just encouraged each other and helped each other, I was proud of that, too, and proud of myself being a big part of that."
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