Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Lose Close Battle To No. 8 Purdue 78-75

    Go Hoosiers! Indiana guard Verdell Jones III, left, grabs a rebound from Purdue guard John Hart during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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    Indiana guard Verdell Jones III, left, grabs a rebound from Purdue guard John Hart during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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    Feb. 4, 2010

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Robbie Hummel and JaJuan Johnson each scored 21 points, and No. 8 Purdue held off in-state rival Indiana 78-75 on Thursday night.

    The Boilermakers won in Bloomington for the first time since 1999 to snap an eight-game road skid against the Hoosiers.

    E'Twaun Moore added 14 points for Purdue (19-3, 7-3 Big Ten), which won its fifth straight heading into a showdown at conference leader Michigan State next Tuesday.

    Indiana's Verdell Jones III, who led the Hoosiers with 22 points, missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer that could have forced overtime.

    Tom Pritchard scored a season-high 13 and Devan Dumes added 11 for Indiana (9-12, 3-6).

    It was the second straight tough loss for the Hoosiers. Illinois beat Indiana 72-70 on Jan. 30 when Demetri McCamey made a floater at the buzzer.

    Purdue asserted itself in the early minutes of the second half. Johnson corralled an errant pass from Lewis Jackson, then powered the ball in and was fouled. The three-point play gave Purdue a 57-51 lead five minutes into the second half.

    Indiana hung tough. Jones hit a 3-pointer to tie the game, then Jordan Hulls hit another to give Indiana a 69-66 lead with just under 6 minutes to play.

    Hummel hit a 3-pointer with 2 minutes left, then Moore drained a floater in the lane with 1:17 remaining to give Purdue a 75-69 edge.

    Jones made a 3-pointer with a minute to play to trim Purdue's lead to 75-72 and end a scoring drought that lasted nearly five minutes.

    Moore missed a short jumper and Indiana regained possession and a chance to tie. Jones left the ball short on a drive. Hummel rebounded, was fouled and made two free throws.

    Hummel was fouled again with 4.1 seconds left. He missed the first free throw and made the second to make it 78-75 and give Jones the final shot.

    IU missed the front end of the 1-and-1 three times in the final six minutes.

    Pritchard averages just under five points per game, but he scored eight in the first 13 minutes and made Johnson work. Indiana took a 31-28 lead on a 3-point play by Jones. The shot was part of a 10-2 run that gave the Hoosiers a 36-28 lead.

    Indiana led 45-38 before Moore hit a 3-pointer and Barlow got a steal and layup in the final minute to cut the Hoosiers' lead to two. Pritchard's two-handed power dunk gave Indiana a 47-43 lead at halftime. It was the most points Purdue has allowed in a half this season and the most Indiana has scored in a half.

     

     


       

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