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Purdue cruises in opener

WEST LAFAYETTE – E’Twaun Moore scored 16 points to help No. 14 Purdue beat Howard 76-40 in its season opener.

Moore had six rebounds and three assists for the Boilermakers (1-0).

JaJuan Johnson, a preseason All-America, added 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for Purdue, which made 13 of 28 3-pointers while Howard played a zone defense.

John Hart and D.J. Byrd both scored 12 points and made 4 of 5 3-pointers as 10 Purdue players scored.

The Boilermakers lost Robbie Hummel to a season-ending knee injury during preseason practice, but the offense was efficient without him, accumulating 21 assists on 25 field goals. Purdue outrebounded the Bison 49-38.

Alphonso Leary led Howard with 10 points and nine rebounds, Calvin Thompson scored nine points and Mike Phillips added eight. The Boilermakers held the Bison to 24.6 percent shooting.

Howard, which beat Bowling Green 54-52 in its season opener on Friday, hung tough with the Boilermakers early. The Bison led 12-10 on a basket by Kyle Riley with just under 13 minutes remaining in the first half.

The Boilermakers locked down after that, holding Howard to one field goal over the next 10 minutes. Purdue outscored the Bison 27-9 the rest of the half to lead 37-21. Terone Johnson and Moore both made 3-pointers in the final minute of the first half to give the Boilermakers momentum. JaJuan Johnson had nine points, 10 rebounds and five blocks by halftime.

Purdue started the game with cold shooting, but made its final five shots of the first half to take control. The Boilermakers held Howard to 27 percent shooting before the break.

Purdue continued to shoot well in the second half. Byrd, Ryne Smith and Moore made 3-pointers to push the lead to 46-23 two minutes into the second half, and the rout was on. The Boilermakers made eight consecutive field goals, starting with 4:25 remaining in the first half and ending with a miss in close with 16:08 to play.

Purdue got the crowd going after a steal by Kelsey Barlow ignited a fast break. Barlow lobbed the ball to Moore, who caught the ball with his right hand, then threw it down for a powerful dunk. Barlow got a fast break of his own moments later to push Purdue’s lead to 54-27 with 12 minutes to play.