WEST LAFAYETTE — Sasha Stefanovic led a balanced assault with 15 factors, Trevion Willilams had a double-double and Purdue held off rusty Penn State 80-72 on Sunday.
It was Purdue’s first house recreation since Christmas Day and the primary recreation for Penn State since Dec. 30 after 4 convention video games have been postponed attributable to cornavirus issues throughout the league.
Eric Hunter Jr. scored 14 factors for the Boilermakers (10-5, 5-3 Huge Ten Convention), Williams had 13 factors and 11 rebounds, Brandon Newman additionally had 13 factors and Mason Gilles added 12.
Purdue has gained three in a row.
Myreon Jones scored a career-high 23 factors for the Nittany Lions (3-5, 0-4), who’ve misplaced 4 straight whereas beginning a run of 4 video games in seven days. John Harrar added a career-high 14 factors with 14 rebounds and Izaiah Brockington scored 12.
Gillis hit a 3-pointer simply earlier than halftime to present Purdue a 33-32 lead and opened the second half with one other 3 to begin a 10-0 run and the cold-shooting Nittany Lions might by no means fairly recuperate.
Penn State shot 28% (13 of 47) within the second half however greater than half (7 of 26) have been from 3-point vary. It helped that of the Nittany Lions’ 49 rebounds, 23 have been on the offensive finish for 29 second-chance factors.
Purdue, after beginning the second half going 10 of 15 to carry a 64-48 lead with 8:43 to play have been 2 of 8 the remainder of the best way. However as Penn State inched nearer, lastly getting inside 4 on a Jones 3-pointer with 17 seconds to go, Purdue was scoring its final 12 factors from the foul line on 16 makes an attempt. Jones had 4 3s within the final 2:37.
The Boilermakers play at Ohio State on Tuesday and the Nittany Lions are at Illinois on Tuesday and residential in opposition to Rutgers on Thursday and Northwestern on Saturday.