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Penn State upsets No. 14 Purdue

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

By GENARO C. ARMAS

AP Sports Writer

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Short-handed and a step slower, No. 14 Purdue couldn't overcome Penn State.

Talor Battle scored 21 points, Danny Morrissey hit a key 3-pointer late and Purdue went eight minutes without a field goal in the second half as the Nittany Lions beat the Boilermakers, 67-64 on Tuesday night.

Stanley Pringle added 18 for Penn State (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten), which is off to its best start in 13 seasons.

E'Twaun Moore led the short-handed Boilermakers (11-4, 0-2) with 21 points.

Purdue, which lost its second straight, played without two injured starters in forward and second-leading scorer Robbie Hummel (back) and guard Chris Kramer (sprained left foot), a defensive specialist.

Still, the Boilermakers chipped away at an early 15-point deficit behind Moore's hot shooting. He scored seven straight points at one point during a 16-5 run capped by a Moore 3 with 10:21 left gave the Purdue a 55-51 lead.

But Purdue went cold the next eight minutes, and momentum swung back Penn State's way thanks to the lightning-quick guard duo of Battle and Pringle and a lucky 3 by Morrissey.

Battle's layup with 4:43 left made it 61-55, before Morrissey's trey took a lucky bounce after rimming off high into the air off the front iron.

Penn State appeared to be in control early with Battle and Pringle leading the way on offense and forward Jamelle Cornley and center Andrew Jones controlling the paint.

Jones had 11 rebounds, nine in the first half. The Nittany Lions outrebounded Purdue on the offensive glass, 22-6.

Purdue went the first five minutes of the game without a field goal, falling behind 17-2 after two straight 3s by Pringle. Cornley followed on Penn State's next possession with a tough short jumper over two defenders to put the Nittany Lions up 19-4 with about 14:00 left in the first half.

Namanja Calasan had 11 points and five rebounds off the bench for Purdue.

PENN ST. 67, No. 14 PURDUE 64

PURDUE (11-4)

Green 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 3-7 1-2 7, Grant 3-10 1-2 9, Jackson 4-8 0-0 10, Moore 7-14 4-4 21, Riddell 1-1 0-0 3, Smith 1-1 0-0 3, Calasan 3-6 5-5 11. Totals 22-48 11-13 64.

PENN ST. (13-3)

Cornley 5-13 0-3 10, Brooks 0-4 0-0 0, Jones III 3-7 0-0 6, Pringle 5-12 5-6 18, Battle 6-15 8-10 21, Jackson 0-4 0-2 0, Morrissey 4-6 0-2 10, Ott 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 24-62 13-23 67.

Halftime--Penn St. 41-33. 3-Point Goals--Purdue 9-22 (Moore 3-6, Jackson 2-3, Grant 2-7, Riddell 1-1, Smith 1-1, Green 0-1, Calasan 0-3), Penn St. 6-16 (Pringle 3-4, Morrissey 2-4, Battle 1-5, Brooks 0-1, Cornley 0-2). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Purdue 27 (Green 6), Penn St. 41 (Jones III 11). Assists--Purdue 15 (Jackson 5), Penn St. 12 (Battle 9). Total Fouls--Purdue 22, Penn St. 13. A--4,404.



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