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Purdue wins opener

It was a typical season opener on Sunday.

Purdue struggled at points, especially early shooting. But there also were bursts of dominance for the nation's 14th-ranked team, including some highlight reel plays, and nice moments from the newcomers.

"I definitely think we did a good job with the effort and coming out ready to play hard," said senior guard E'Twaun Moore, who scored a game-high 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting.

Moore contributed to perhaps the game's most spectacular play. Early in the second half, Kelsey Barlow got a steal and pushed the ball up the court. From the left side, he lofted an alley-oop pass to Moore. Moore caught the ball with his right hand and dunked it in one motion.

The typically reserved Moore kept his right hand extended after the play, later saying it was a "tribute" to teammate JaJuan Johnson who sometimes has that reaction after big one-handed dunks.

"Last year, (Johnson) always joked about him being the only one dunking," Moore said in a light-hearted moment after the game. "I told him this year, I'm going to help him out and have some dunks for him."

Johnson laughed and said he likes seeing his teammates dunk.

"It gets me going," he said. "I think it gets the crowd going, too."

Soon after Moore's dunk, he got a rebound and quickly delivered the pass up court to Barlow, who finished with his own one-handed slam.

  • Freshman Travis Carroll had eight rebounds in 15 minutes, and classmate Terone Johnson added nine points and three assists in 20 minutes.
  • Painter said Anthony Johnson's decision to redshirt was a "family decision." Painter said he tells a player, "This is where you are and this is where we see you today." Painter likes Johnson's athleticism, rebounding ability, lateral movement on defense and scoring but those aren't the reasons Johnson will redshirt.

    "His issue is a physical strength issue," Painter said. "He needs to get stronger. He gets knocked off screens and he gets knocked off the ball. Just to get some of that mass and continue to improve his overall strength while keeping that lateral quickness and that flexibility. I think if he gets strong to the point where he gets to 200 pounds, I think he'll be a very good player in our league.

  • Purdue unveiled the team's Big Ten championship banner before the game.