WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (Ticker) -- For Purdue coach Gene Keady, it was a milestone 500th victory at the school. For Wisconsin, it was just another loss at Mackey Arena.
Kenneth Lowe scored 13 points as the Boilermakers handed the 18th-ranked Badgers their 29th straight loss in West Lafayette, holding on for a 53-51 Big Ten Conference victory.
Keady improved to 500-239 in 24 seasons at Purdue, joining Bob Knight as the only coaches to reach the mark at a Big Ten school. He is 538-258 overall after sweating out a thrilling finish.
Purdue (12-4, 2-1 Big Ten) let an 11-point second-half lead slip away after containing Wisconsin for most of the night. The Badgers had a chance to tie, but Mike Wilkinson missed the second of two foul shots with 20 seconds left and his team trailing, 50-49.
Purdue's Austin Parkinson and Wisconsin's Devin Harris traded a pair of free throws before Parkinson made 1-of-2 with four seconds left for a 53-51 edge. Wisconsin went for the win, but Harris' 3-pointer at the buzzer banged off the back rim.
Wisconsin's last win in West Lafayette was an 84-65 rout on February 15, 1972.
The matchup between two of the Big Ten's top defensive teams featured plenty of missed shots. The teams combined for 17 baskets in the first half and Purdue emerged with a 24-20 edge.
The Badgers continued to struggle at the start of the second half and the Boilermakers took a 37-28 lead on two free throws by Lowe with just under 14 minutes left. Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan was whistled for a bizarre technical foul on the next possession, apparently because he was making a choking sign that Ryan claimed was a sign for an offensive set.
Lowe's free throws gave Purdue its largest lead, 39-28, but Wisconsin used some strong play from reserve Ray Nixon to get back in it. The Boilermakers survived, despite making just one basket in the final 7 1/2 minutes.
Wilkinson and Harris each netted 12 points for Wisconsin, which lost its third straight road game. The Badgers were held to their lowest point total - the previous low was a 55-43 triumph over Rutgers on November 29.
Wisconsin's loss, along with Penn State's defeat at Michigan State, left every Big Ten team with at least one conference loss.