JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoStatistics don?t always tell the whole story. Saturdaynight, they hardly got past the opening sentence.Wisconsin made 18 more free throws than Purdue, grabbed 21more rebounds and still found itself the loser of a 72-67 battle. The No. 8Badgers never led after the first 49 seconds.?It is a very deceiving stats sheet,? Purdue coach MattPainter said. ?If you look at the stats sheet, we were outrebounded and they(Wisconsin) were unbelievable from the free throw line. To be able to get thiswin after getting outrebounded the way we did is a little bit unbelievable.?Though the Badgers dominated the boards and had aseason-best performance from the line, the Boilermakers rode hot shooting tobeat UW for the second time this season.Freshman Robbie Hummel, whose block in the closing secondssealed Purdue?s win in the teams? first meeting, had a career-high 21 points,and the Boilermakers shot 53 percent from the field and sank eight 3-pointersagainst the Big Ten?s top scoring defense.?We didn?t think we gave best effort tonight,? junior JoeKrabbenhoft said. ?I think we?re more disappointed in that than the loss.?Though Wisconsin trailed by as many as 15 points in thesecond half, the Badgers rallied back, cutting the lead to just four pointswith 1:10 to go.After Purdue?s JaJuan Johnson only converted one of two freethrows, Wisconsin had control of the ball with a chance to make it aone-possession game. But Trevon Hughes turned the ball over, allowing Purdue’sKeaton Grant to throw down a dunk that extended a lead the Boilermakers wouldnot relinquish.Hughes? turnover came while the sophomore tried a risky moveto split Purdue’s defense and was perhaps UW?s most costly one on a night whenthe team lost possession 18 times.?That wasn?t the only one,? Ryan said of Hughes’ miscue.?There?s 18 lessons in here.??When you turn it over 18 times, you usually have to pay.?Marcus Landry had six of the team?s turnovers, a problemthat set the Badgers back in the earlier loss to the Boilermakers as well.?We were careless with the ball today,? Landry said.UW?s last possession came with the team down five and 38.3seconds remaining, but the Badgers let 18 seconds tick off the clock beforeLandry finally settled for a 3-pointer that missed its mark, effectivelysealing Wisconsin?s fourth overall and second Big Ten loss of the season.?When you?re out there and you?re playing from behind andthings are going a mile a minute? at the time he thought that was a gooddecision,? Ryan said of Landry?s look. ?He?s hit a three like that during theseason.?Wisconsin was led in scoring by fellow guards MichaelFlowers and Jason Bohannon, who scored 14 points each. Joe Krabbenhoft alsoadded 12, complimented by nine rebounds. Four Badgers (Flowers, Bohannon,Krabbenhoft and Brian Butch) scored in double-figures, but the team was stillheld to just 32.7 percent from the field and 16.7 percent on 3-18 shooting from3-point range.?To be honest, we had a difficult time guarding them,?Painter said, ?so we just pressured them and got after them to knock out whatthey were trying to do.?Ryan acknowledged that the Badgers were taken out of therhythm by Purdue?s aggressiveness.?Sometimes with the pressure, getting bumped and thephysicality ? sometimes we gave in,? Ryan noted.While UW was having trouble maintaining possession from thestart, Purdue was maximizing its touches with the ball, shooting 6-10 frombehind the arc in the first half and entered halftime with a 42-32 lead.?Purdue comes in here, made shots, and we didn?t recover,?Ryan said.The Boilermakers were able to stretch its lead to 53-38 with13:02 left, but the Badgers battled back largely on the strength of itsrebounding and free throw shooting.?I just thought our guys just really hung tough, got on theglass, got second chance points, hustle opportunities,? Ryan said.In the end, though, Purdue was able to extend the lead every timeWisconsin got close, and the Boilermakers now are in sole possession of the BigTen lead while the Badgers drop to third place.
“He’s like, ‘Good luck with in the playoffs, you’re gonna do your thing.’ And then at the end he’s like, ‘When the symphony plays and the maestro comes in and the lights shine and they point at you, it’s your time to come in and solo. And you’ll know it because you prepared for this moment.’“Only Kobe would say and describe it in that way.”Steve Nash, himself a cerebral basketball mind, said on the TNT broadcast that he loved the way his adversary-turned-teammate put things. Because it always made him think.“I remember after we beat him in the ’06 in the playoffs, we were at a Nike shoot together and he came to me and he said, ‘How do you trust your teammates?’ ” Nash recalled. “And inside, I thought, first of all, that’s a sign of respect. And I thought to myself, with a smile, ‘Well, I have to trust my teammates, ’cause I ain’t anywhere near the player you are…’“But when I walked away from the conversation, I have to admit I went, ‘Was he Jedi mind-tricking me?’ Or was he telling me, ‘Just so we’re clear on the ledger, you had a better team.’“I love this about the Kobe Bryant. I love this about Kobe Bryant!”So many memories.“One of my favorite moments is All-Star weekend, his last All-Star,” said Dwyane Wade, a superstar opponent and good friend of Bryant’s, on TNT. “My son is on a court rebounding for us and Kobe says, ‘Zaire, come down here.’ And Zaire looks at me and he’s nervous like, ‘Should I go?’“And I say, ‘You better go get your Kobe moment!’ ”— Mirjam SwansonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.All SCNG’s extensive Kobe coverageAll of the Southern California News Group’s extensive Kobecoverage – For links to photos, news stories, columns, features and more, start here.Remembering Kobe – In lieu of a game, there was a wake at Staples Center.Photos – You have to see the fresh murals Kobe inspired. You gotta love L.A.From the jump – Jim Alexander writes about Kobe’s rare drive and determination.A unique story – Kevin Modesti on Kobe’s triumphs and tragedy.‘Don’t need no boy for that!’ – Kobe championed Gianna and the women’s game.Thebest of – The greatest legends and tall tales about Kobe.Cheering for Kobe – A ticket to SoCal life for many Asian Americans.At Mamba Academy – Players, coaches learned of the helicopter tragedy together.‘Never fly on a helicopter together’ – Kobe and Vanessa Bryant had a deal. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Jan. 29 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.So many memories. Such great impact.Derek Fisher, pushing bravely forward, as Kobe Bryant would expect, took a few minutes Tuesday to call and talk about about his longtime Laker teammate, touching on what he learned during their time together, lessons thatFisher tries to implement now as head coach of the L.A. Sparks.It was a gift, Fisher said, “having been able to see what an athlete is capable of when they really dedicate and commit themselves to their craft, to being the greatest player and the best version of themselves that’s humanly possible. I saw it on a daily basis and so there’s no excuse for the rest of us to act like it’s not possible: I’ve seen a human being do it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“There will be moments and opportunities to reflect even more on what he accomplished and what his legacy represents when we reconvene for camp this year,” he promised.Jordin Canada, the former UCLA star and WNBA champion for the Seattle Storm, grew up in L.A., one of the legions of young players inspired not just by Bryant’s skills, but by the work behind them.“As a kid, maybe about 5 or 6 years old, I used to sit on the couch with my dad and watch all the Lakers games,” she said Tuesday in a phone conversation. “And I remember, as I got older and got into the sport, watching his game and being in awe of him. He inspired me, he inspired me to want to be better. He motivated me to work harder. Just his mentality and the way he carried himself on the court, how he took the game and his craft so seriously, and how he continuously worked — his work ethic is something I’ll never forget.”All that work was preparation to be able to perform, beautifully, when the moment was right.“In ’08, we made the playoffs and I was in practice and I get out and I have this crazy voicemail,” said Sparks star Candace Parker during TNT’s emotional “Remembering Kobe” special that happened Tuesday night inside Staples Center as fans continued to gather to mourn outside.