Purdue finally crashed the boards.
It finally delivered an acceptable effort level -- at least in the second half -- for coach Matt Painter.
JaJuan Johnson finally returned to his all-conference caliber self with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
And he got plenty of help with four other players reaching double-digits and two others with at least seven rebounds.
It all helped the No. 13 Boilermakers snap a three-game losing streak with an 84-78 victory Tuesday over Illinois in Champaign, Ill.
"We had to win," said Robbie Hummel, who had 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists and no turnovers. "I think we all knew that. We didn't have to communicate that."
Purdue tied Illinois with 37 rebounds, snapping a six-game streak in which the Boilermakers had been outrebounded.
The Boilermakers shot 65 percent in the second half.
E'Twaun Moore scored 16 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Reserve John Hart had a career-high 14 points. Kelsey Barlow added 12 on 5 of 6 shooting.
"I thought the second half (the effort) was great," Painter said. "That's what we need. We need to get that consistency. We have to do a better job as a coaching staff getting after them in practice. We have to hold guys accountable. At times you get experience and you think you really have to worry about your opponent, and we have to spend more time on ourselves, just playing hard, getting after it and doing more competitive drills."
- Painter replaced both of his seniors in the starting lineup, yanking Chris Kramer and Keaton Grant, and using freshman Barlow and Ryne Smith.
"Just trying to get a new look, get some older guys coming off the bench, get a little spark and hopefully they can be more productive when they play," Painter said of the move. "It's really not a big deal. We're more concerned with how guys finish. We really struggled against Ohio State and Northwestern finishing the game."
Kramer, Hummel, Johnson, Moore and Hart were mostly on the floor in the final minutes.
- Purdue missed all nine of its three-pointers in the first half and finished 3 of 16. Hart had two.
"We've struggled shooting threes. Our guys have to understand they're open for a reason," Painter said. "We really have to work on passing the ball more. I spent a whole career like that."
- For more about Barlow's performance, check back with the blog later Wednesday.