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NCAA Game Summary - Penn State vs. Purdue
(Friday, March 13th)
Final Score: (24) Purdue 79, Penn State 65
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Robbie Hummel finished with 20 points, as 24th-ranked Purdue crushed Penn State, 79-65, in a quarterfinal matchup at the Big Ten Tournament.
Purdue (23-9) advances to play Illinois in Saturday's semifinals, after the Illini beat Michigan, 60-50, earlier Friday. Meanwhile, Penn State (22-11) couldn't keep the momentum from a 66-51 win over Indiana in the first round, and will have to wait to see if it makes the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection.
"It's a situation where it is absolutely out of our hands," Penn State's Jamelle Cornley said of making the NCAA tourney. "And that's the bad part from a player's standpoint, is that we want something else. We wish there was something else that we can do. But honestly I think we do [make it].
E'Twaun Moore and Keaton Grant each scored 15 points for Purdue, which had lost three of four to end the regular season, but shot 55.6 percent from the field -- including 12-of-22 from beyond the arc -- on the way to the resounding win.
"I thought everybody was really focused in and ready to play," Hummel said. "I think the team was sick of losing. We lost two in a row, it had been a while since we won, and it felt good to be back in the win column."
Cornley had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead Penn State, which split the regular-season series with Purdue, but trailed the entire game Friday. Talor Battle added 15 points for the Nittany Lions, while David Jackson scored 12 and Stanley Pringle had 10.
Hummel scored the first five points of the game and Purdue never looked back. Lewis Jackson's layup nearly four minutes in expanded the Boilermakers' lead to 12-2, and it stood at 19-5 after Nemanja Calasan connected on back-to-back three-pointers.
Inside the nine-minute mark, JaJuan Johnson and Chris Kramer scored consecutive buckets for Purdue and Grant followed with a three-pointer. Grant's trey came with about 7 1/2 minutes to go, putting Boilermakers' lead at 33-16.
Consecutive threes from Grant moments later made it a 41-21 game, and Purdue went into halftime ahead 51-35.
In the second half, Purdue often held a lead of more than 20 points, and cruised to the finish.
Penn State fell to 5-12 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament...Hummel shot 8-for-12 from the floor for Purdue. Grant got all his points off of 5-of-6 three-point shooting, and added six rebounds. Kramer finished with eight points and seven assists, while Calasan had nine points and Jackson eight for the Boilermakers...The Nittany Lions made 41.1 percent of their shots, including an 8-of-25 mark from three-point range. PSU held a 31-28 rebounding edge.
03/14 01:14:19 ET