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Purdue downs Penn State

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

By CLIFF BRUNT

AP Sports Writer

WEST LAFAYETTE -- JaJuan Johnson had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 20 Purdue beat Penn State 61-47 on Wednesday night.

Bobby Riddell scored a career-high 13 points, Nemanja Calasan scored 12 and E'Twaun Moore added 10 for the Boilermakers (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten), who moved into a tie for second place in the league.

Jamelle Cornley scored 16 points for Penn State (17-8, 6-6), which lost its third straight. Talor Battle, the conference leader with 18 points per game, went scoreless and shot 0-for-7 from the field. It was the first time this season and the third time in his career the sophomore was held without a point.

Purdue forward Robbie Hummel sat out again with a hairline fracture in his lower back. He has missed the past three games, and this was the first the Boilermakers won without him.

The Boilermakers evened a 67-64 loss at Penn State.

The Nittany Lions took a 22-16 lead before Purdue rallied. Back-to-back buckets by Moore, a pullup jumper from the top of the key by Johnson and a 3-pointer by Riddell gave Purdue a 25-22 edge. The Boilermakers led 28-26 at halftime.

Purdue opened the second half on an 18-2 run that included eight points by Riddell to increase its lead to 46-28. Penn State went scoreless for nearly 7 minutes during that stretch.

Penn State cut its deficit to 54-41 on a basket by Cornley with 8:36 to play, but the Nittany Lions went the next 7 1/2 minutes without a field goal.

No. 20 PURDUE 61, PENN ST. 47

PENN ST. (17-8)

Cornley 7-14 1-2 16, Jackson 2-4 0-0 4, Pringle 2-9 0-0 5, Battle 0-7 0-0 0, Jones III 2-4 2-2 6, Babb 2-4 0-0 6, Woodyard 1-2 0-0 3, Brooks 1-2 0-0 3, Morrissey 1-2 0-0 3, Ott 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 18-49 4-6 47.

PURDUE (18-6)

Kramer 2-4 0-0 5, Grant 1-5 0-0 3, Johnson 6-11 2-4 14, Jackson 2-6 0-0 4, Moore 5-11 0-0 10, Riddell 5-7 0-0 13, Green 0-2 0-0 0, Calasan 4-6 3-6 12. Totals 25-52 5-10 61.

Halftime--Purdue 28-26. 3-Point Goals--Penn St. 7-19 (Babb 2-4, Brooks 1-1, Morrissey 1-2, Cornley 1-2, Woodyard 1-2, Pringle 1-3, Jackson 0-1, Battle 0-4), Purdue 6-17 (Riddell 3-4, Kramer 1-2, Calasan 1-2, Grant 1-4, Jackson 0-1, Moore 0-4). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Penn St. 33 (Jones III 9), Purdue 28 (Johnson 13). Assists--Penn St. 12 (Battle 6), Purdue 16 (Jackson 5). Total Fouls--Penn St. 14, Purdue 12. A--14,013.



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