No. 4 Purdue started slowly on offense -- making only three of its first 14 shots -- and trails 27-26 in the Big Ten Conference opener at Iowa.
The Hawkeyes led 15-6, taking advantage of some defensive miscues by Purdue to get open shots. But the Boilermakers picked up the intensity -- and simply were just more sound -- for much of the rest of the half to get the game close.
Iowa went about a nine-minute stretch with only two field goals, allowing Purdue to make a 14-5 run and tie the game at 20 with about five minutes left in the half.
Robbie Hummel's pretty spinning layup gave Purdue a 26-24 lead with about one minute left in the half.
Iowa answered with Devan Bawinkel's three-pointer on a defensive breakdown. An Iowa player drove the right baseline, drawing multiple Purdue defenders under the basket, and no one rotated to cover Bawinkel in the corner. He drilled the basket for a 27-26 lead.
- JaJuan Johnson picked up two fouls in the first half and played nine minutes. Iowa doesn't have much size, so Johnson's absence didn't hurt Purdue much on defense. Hummel did a good job playing "center," and with a small lineup, the Boilermakers were able to switch on all screens. That helped a bit during Iowa's drought. But Johnson's presence would be nice on the offensive end. Let's see if he can pull a repeat from the Alabama game -- after playing sparingly in the first half, he provided a real boost of energy in the second to spark a comeback.
- Hummel had nine points and four rebounds, pushing him over 500 rebounds for his career. E'Twaun Moore has six points, five rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes.