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La Crosse’s Davis drops 37 with career night, as No. 24 Badgers knock off third-ranked Purdue

La Crosse’s Davis drops 37 with career night, as No. 24 Badgers knock off third-ranked Purdue

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If the nation didn’t know who Johnny Davis was already, it sure does now.

The La Crosse native dropped 37 points on third-ranked Purdue, leading the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team to a 74-69 win on the road Monday.


Watch the highlights and post-game interview here.


Davis scored 27 of those points in the second half, finishing 13-for-24 from the field, including 2 of 5 from deep for the 23rd-ranked Badgers (11-2, 2-1 Big 10). The sophomore was also 9-for-12 from the free-throw line and added 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and three turnovers in 38 minutes.

Davis is the first Division I player to lead his team in all five categories in a road win over a Top 5 opponent since Tim Duncan did it for Wake Forest against Maryland on Feb. 1, 1997.

ABOVE: Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis (1) goes to the basket against Purdue’s Jaden Ivey (23) and Isaiah Thompson (11) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings). TOP PHOTO: Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis (1) shoots over Purdue’s Sasha Stefanovic (55) during the second half of an NCAA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The points were, of course, a career high for Davis. He had 30 earlier this year. So were the rebounds, the field-goals made and attempted, as well as the free-throws made, the free-throws attempted. He also tied his career high for blocks.

Wisconsin was up 29-24 at halftime but fell behind 49-42 with 11:11 left, after Jaden Ivey — Davis’ summer teammate with Team USA — hit a layup.

All that did, however, was cause Davis to erupt. The 6-foot-5 guard scored three straight to give Wisconsin a 57-54 lead.

When Purdue (12-2) got the lead back, 58-57, Davis and teammate Brad Davison were pretty much the Badgers’ offense after that, going on a 14-5 run capped by Davis 3-pointer with 1 minute to go.

And, for good measure, Davis ended the game with a breakaway dunk, as Purdue was in desperation mode to score in the final seconds.

“I think it shows our team, what we’re capable of being,” Davis said. “We came in tonight, we weren’t scared they were ranked third or we were playing at their arena.”

Wisconsin hadn’t beat Purdue (13-2, 1-2) on its home court since 2014 and is 5-42 there against the Boilermakers in the past 47 games.

Johnny Davis’ twin brother Jordan Davis played 5 minutes. He was 0-for-1 from the field and had two rebounds and a steal.

Purdue’s Zach Edey (15) grabs a rebound against Wisconsin’s Jordan Davis (2) and Chris Vogt (33) during the second half of an NCAA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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