Taylor leads No. 10 Wisconsin over IndianaMar 4, 2011 - 6:51 AM Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) - Jordan Taylor poured in 39 points as No. 10 Wisconsin held off Indiana for a 77-67 victory in Big Ten action at Assembly Hall.
Taylor finished 11-for-19 from the field, including a 7-for-8 effort on three- pointers and also hit all 10 of his free throws.
"Jordan just did some things that very few people, I think, can do against any team," Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. "He was also open so he's got to shoot it when he's open, and he got to the line, attacked, drew the fouls, did everything a point guard should do."
Keaton Nankivil donated 16 points while Jon Leuer added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Badgers (23-6, 13-4 Big Ten), who have won four in a row.
Verdell Jones III had 18 points and five rebounds, Jordan Hulls added 15 points and Christian Watford scored 13 for the Hoosiers (12-18, 3-14), who have dropped their past seven games.
With Indiana holding the lead early, Nankivil sparked a 7-0 run with a three- ball and Wquinton Smith capped the run with a jumper for a 16-11 lead with 12 1/2 minutes left in the first half.
Leuer's jumper accounted for the final points of the half and Wisconsin led 32-28 lead at the break.
Nankivil was fouled as he made a jumper and hit the free throw for a 41-33 lead just over three minutes into the second half.
The Hoosiers didn't go quietly and charged back to make it a one-point game after Will Sheehey hit a free throw to cut the deficit for 46-45 with 11 1/2 minutes left.
Taylor, though, got the next six points, as his three-pointer gave UW a 52-45 advantage with just over 10 minutes left. A bit later, he hit back-to-back three-pointers and it was a 60-49 contest with eight minutes remaining.
"Jordan Taylor had an incredible performance; some shots that he made tonight were amazing," Indiana head coach Tom Crean said. "Maybe they've seen them in practice, but I've never seen those made in games."
A Hulls three-point play with just over a minute to play made it a 69-63 game, but Indiana was unable to get closer.
Wisconsin closes its regular season on Sunday at Ohio State...Indiana plays at Illinois for its final game on Saturday...Wisconsin still trails in the all- time series, 94-63.
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