Madison, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Frank Kaminsky scored 21 points to lead fourth-ranked Wisconsin to a 62-55 win over Purdue on Wednesday.
Josh Gasser added 15 points and Traevon Jackson contributed 13 for the Badgers (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten), whose win streak reached a season-high eight games.
The win was Bo Ryan's 159th in conference play since arriving at Wisconsin, setting a new program record.
"There was a lot of energy out there on the court," said Ryan. "This would have been one to be a fan, to see two teams going at each other like that."
Jon Octeus poured in 15 points to go with eight rebounds for the Boilermakers (10-6, 2-1), who have dropped four of their last six. A.J. Hammons picked up 11 points in a losing cause.
"We had to do a better job of moving our feet, and we didn't. We had to do a better job of just staying positive when we didn't get some calls," Purdue head coach Matt Painter said. "Hopefully we can learn from it, and then next time it happens we can make the adjustments."
The game's fifth and final tie occurred with 6:49 left in regulation as Hammons connected on a jumper to pull Purdue even at 45-45. From there, Wisconsin reeled off a 9-2 run to take control for good.
Kaminsky scored four in a row to start the surge and Gasser split two from the line to end it with 3:17 remaining and the Badgers held a comfortable 54-47 cushion.
Four times the Boilermakers pulled within five points over the remainder of the contest, but the Badgers answered each time. Kaminsky's 20th and 21st points on the night came from the free-throw line with 15 seconds left, just after Octeus got the visitors to 60-55.
Earlier on, Octeus and Hammons both hit jumpers and Purdue was ahead 12-7 at the six-minute mark. Dakota Mathias then hit a trey and the Boilermakers' edge was 19-14, but Kaminsky's layup inside of four minutes left in the first half gave the hosts a one-point edge.
Nigel Hayes hit two free throws and the Badgers entered intermission up 28-27.
Jackson's three-point play was the last of six in a row to begin the second half from the Badgers, then a Kendall Stephens try forged a 35-35 deadlock. Gasser's bucket again was the final of six straight by the hosts who led 41-35 with 12:52 to go. Though holding onto a slim margin, Wisconsin didn't give up the lead until Hammons' shot.
Purdue shot 51 percent from the field (25-of-49) in defeat, while Wisconsin was held to 43.6 percent (17-of-39) efficiency which included a 3-for-14 clip from beyond the arc ... Kaminsky connected on 11-of-14 free throws ... Isaac Haas also picked up 11 points for the Boilermakers.