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NCAA Game Summary - Penn State at Purdue
(Wednesday, February 11th)
Final Score: (20) Purdue 61, Penn State 47
West Lafayette, IN (Sports Network) - JuJuan Johnson had 14 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks as the 20th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions, 61-47, behind a strong second-half performance.
Purdue (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten) was riding a two-game losing streak coming into play that coincided with the absence of standout forward Robbie Hummel, who is battling a stress fracture in his lower back.
The Boilermakers got a big boost from the bench, though, with Bobby Riddell's career-high 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting with a trio of three-pointers while Nemanja Calasan checked in with 12 points. E'Twaun Moore had 10 points in the win.
"We have very good players. Rob (Hummel) balances the team for us. He does a little bit of everything. The things that don't show up in the box score are what we miss out of Robbie. Even though they don't play the same position, I feel like Riddell filled in for Robbie tonight. We can win without him; we just have to learn how," Purdue head coach Matt Painter said.
Jamelle Cornley led the way with 16 points for Penn State (17-8, 6-6), which recorded a thrilling 67-64 victory over Purdue on January 6th, but more recently has suffered three consecutive defeats.
Talor Battle, the Big Ten's leading scorer with 18.2 ppg entering Wednesday, was held scoreless over 36-plus minutes with an 0-for-7 showing from the field.
"We couldn't score. That just can't happen against a team like Purdue. When we aren't shooting the ball well we need to be smarter, get to the basket, and draw some fouls. We rely a lot on our guard play and Battle just couldn't get in a rhythm tonight," Penn State head coach Ed Dechellis said.
The Nittany Lions kept things close in the first half and a stretch of seven straight points behind a Stanley Pringle three-ball and a pair of jumpers by David Jackson and Cornley gave the visitors a 22-16 lead with just under seven minutes to go.
Consecutive buckets from Moore, though, started a 9-0 spurt for the Boilermakers and Riddell's triple closed it for a three-point advantage. Johnson added three points before the break and Purdue entered the second half up 28-26.
The Boilermakers jumped out to a 46-28 advantage with an 18-2 run over the opening seven minutes of the second half. Riddell hit for a pair of long range shots and scored eight points on the surge.
A three-pointer from Cornley close to midway through the half followed by a jumper moments later cut Purdue's lead to 13, 54-41, but Penn State went the next seven-plus minutes without a field goal and the Boilermakers easily prevailed.
The Boilermakers' lead in the all-time series stands at 21-10...Chris Babb and Andrew Jones each had six points for Penn State, which shot just 36.7 percent from the floor including an 8-of-25 showing in the second half...Purdue shot 48.1 percent from the field and committed just five turnovers.
02/11 22:30:09 ET