In his first eight Big Ten games this season, Wisconsin's Ryan Evans scored a total of six points.
The sophomore reserve forward nearly matched that in the last minute of the No. 19 Badgers’ 66-59 victory over No. 11 Purdue in Madison, Wis., on Tuesday.
Evans hit a jumper from the free throw line with 50 seconds left to give the Badgers the lead for good, then added a key defensive play.
Senior Jon Leuer scored 24 points for the Badgers (16-5, 6-3 Big Ten).
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After D.J. Byrd’s jumper in the lane put Purdue (18-5, 7-3) ahead 59-58 with 1:11 left, Evans calmly knocked down the go-ahead jumper.
With the Badgers leading 63-59, Evans tied up the Boilermakers’ E’Twaun Moore as he drove to the basket and the possession arrow gave the ball to Wisconsin with 25 seconds left.
Evans put on the finishing touch with a breakaway dunk in the final seconds for the last of his 10 points — his first game in double figures since Nov. 20 and one shy of his career high.
“It’s been a rough year for me,” said Evans, who was 5-for-9 shooting from the field after going 3-for-6 in Big Ten play heading into the game.
No. 2 Kansas 88, at Texas Tech 66: Marcus Morris scored 18 points as the Jayhawks (21-1, 6-1 Big 12) beat the Red Raiders (11-12, 3-5) for their first win in Lubbock, Texas, since 2003.
At Mississippi 71, No. 10 Kentucky 69: Chris Warren rattled in a 25-foot 3-pointer over two defenders with 2.9 seconds remaining to finish with 22 points as the Rebels (14-8, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) upset the Wildcats (16-5, 4-3).
No. 23 North Carolina 106, at Boston College 74: Freshman Harrison Barnes, a preseason All-American, scored 26 points as the Tar Heels (16-5, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat the Eagles (14-8, 4-4).
At Florida 65, No. 24 Vanderbilt 61 (OT): Kenny Boynton scored 15 points, the last coming on a huge 3-pointer in overtime, as the Gators (17-5, 6-2 SEC) toppled the Commodores (15-6, 3-4).
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At No. 7 Xavier 102, La Salle 51: Katie Rutan’s 15 points helped the Musketeers (18-2, 7-0 Atlantic 10) beat the Explorers (6-16, 2-5).
At No. 8 Notre Dame 71, Syracuse 48: Devereaux Peters had 15 points as the Fighting Irish (19-4, 8-1 Big East) beat the Orange (16-5, 4-4).
At No. 14 West Virginia 59, Providence 45: Liz Repella scored 16 points as the Mountaineers (20-3, 6-3 Big East) beat the Friars (9-11, 2-6) for the sixth consecutive time.
No. 17 Georgetown 76, at Louisville 52: Sugar Rodgers scored 26 points as the Hoyas (18-5, 6-3 Big East) beat the Cardinals (14-9, 5-4), who had a season-high 30 turnovers.
At No. 23 Marquette 62, Villanova 57: Katherine Plouffe’s 15 points lifted the Golden Eagles (18-4, 6-3 Big East) past the Wildcats (8-13, 0-8).
Sophomore forward Christian Watford, Indiana’s top scorer (17.0) and rebounder (5.8), is out indefinitely after having surgery Tuesday to repair a broken left hand. ... St. John’s senior forward Justin Brownlee fractured his left thumb against Duke on Sunday, but is not expected to miss any time.