Jordan Taylor had a rocky start replacing Trevon Hughes.
The backup point guard committed two turnovers and missed a jumper immediately after Hughes picked up two quick fouls, but he got better in a hurry to help Wisconsin hand Purdue its first loss this season.
Taylor scored a career-high 23 points, Jason Bohannon tied a career high with 20 and No. 17 Wisconsin beat No. 4 Purdue 73-66 Saturday.
Taylor, a sophomore who has provided the Badgers a big lift on offense, went 7 of 11 from the field and 8 of 11 from the free-throw line.
"As much as they pressured us, it's not that difficult to get in the lane, but as well as they help, it's more difficult when you get in the lane to make your decision, make the right decision," Taylor said. "I made some bad decisions at the beginning, but I just tried to keep getting better throughout the game."
Purdue's 14-0 start tied the best in school history, but both the 1993-94 squad led by Glenn Robinson and this year's had their streaks end in Madison.
With former coach Gene Keady watching from behind the bench, Painter's Boilermakers (14-1, 2-1 Big Ten) trailed most of the game.
"It's bothersome," Painter said. "We didn't put ourselves in position to win even though we made it a little bit closer at the end. We simply didn't make it a basketball game until the very end."
E'Twaun Moore had 24 points and Robbie Hummel added 13, but it wasn't nearly enough to overcome the Boilermakers woes from 3-point range (3 of 10) and the free-throw line (13 of 24).
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