February 24, 2024

Purdue vs. Wisconsin score, takeaways: Zach Edey joins elite company as Boilermakers hold top spot in Big Ten

Purdue star big man Zach Edey joined elite company Sunday as the No. 2 Boilermakers came from behind with a 75-69 victory on the road vs. No. 6 Wisconsin. With his second block of the day, Edey became the third player in NCAA history to account for 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocks while shooting 60% or better from the field during his collegiate career. Only Patrick Ewing and David Robinson have hit those same career numbers. 

Edey achieved the feat with a vintage showing, turning in his 55th career double-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks on the day after overcoming a slow start to help Purdue to the win and into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings.

Wisconsin badgered Edey in the paint early and forced the ball out of his hands while daring other Purdue players to make plays. Edey finished the first half with just five points and one made field goal, but as he is wont to do, he asserted his will in the second half with 13 points and eight boards to ease the pressure on his guards who had to shoulder the load early.

In the first half, Purdue guard Braden Smith carried the weight with a game-high 11 points on 10 shots, and in the second half Lance Jones scored 13 of his 20 points to help keep distance between him and the Badgers. While it wasn’t a pretty finish — Purdue fumbled multiple chances late to put the game away and let Wisconsin hang around — the Boilermakers led for the entire final 30 minutes and did just enough to scoot by a tough opponent in a raucous environment.

CBS Sports was here with you for the entire game. Be sure to read on below for takeaways from Sunday’s action between Purdue and Wisconsin.