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NCAA Game Summary - Purdue at Penn State



(Tuesday, January 6th)

Final Score: Penn State 67, (14) Purdue 64

University Park, PA (Sports Network) - Talor Battle scored 21 points, dished out nine assists and grabbed five rebounds, as Penn State notched one of its biggest victories in the Ed DeChellis era, downing undermanned and 14th-ranked Purdue, 67-64, at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Battle's backcourt mate Stanley Pringle added 18 points, while Jamelle Cornley and Danny Morrissey collected 10 points apiece for the Nittany Lions (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten), who have won three straight home games against ranked teams.

Andrew Jones grabbed 11 rebounds -- eight on the offensive end -- to highlight the Nittany Lions' 41-27 edge on the backboards, including a 22-6 edge in the offensive rebound department.

The rebounding advantage illustrated the absence of Purdue's All Big Ten star Robbie Hummel, whose 13.8 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds were missing due to a back injury.

E'Twaun Moore led Purdue (11-4, 0-2) with 21 points, Namanja Calasan added 11 points and five rebounds and Lewis Jackson collected 10 points and dished out five assists.

Jones showed his presence early as Penn State got multiple opportunities on several offensive trips and began the contest with an eye-opening 14-0 edge.

A jumper by Cornley, a bucket by Pringle and a three from Pringle capped the early burst. Purdue went over five minutes until its first basket, but Penn State maintained its 14-point edge, 31-17, on a three-point play by Battle.

The Boilermakers cut the deficit to six points several times in the first half, but Penn State still held a 41-33 lead at the half.

Moore's jumper cut the deficit to 46-45 early in the second half, and the Boilermakers took their first advantage of the game at 50-49 on Moore's bucket with 11:54 to go.

Purdue even held a 55-51 edge before Morrissey's three and Battle's free throw tied the contest at 55-55. The Boilermakers went approximately eight minutes without a field goal, and Penn State turned the 55-51 deficit into a 64-55 lead thanks to a friendly homecourt roll on Morrissey's three-pointer with just over three minutes remaining.

The Nittany Lions held on for the victory from there.

Game Notes

Penn State made just 38.7 percent of its shots, compared to 45.8 percent shooting from the Boilermakers...Purdue still leads the all-time series, 20-10...DeChellis, the head coach of the Nittany Lions, went to a zone defense for part of Purdue's shooting struggles in the second half.

01/07 00:07:41 ET