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Purdue leads Austin Peay at halftime

So much for Lewis Jackson's sore shoulder.

Purdue's starting point guard looked plenty healthy in the first half against Austin Peay.

Jackson had seven assists -- only two off his career high -- and no turnovers to spark the No. 10 Boilermakers to a 38-30 lead at halftime.

Purdue started slowly on offense and defense, missing the majority of its three-pointers when Austin Peay switched to a zone defense and had trouble defending the Governors' quick, penetrating guards.

But Ryne Smith made all three of his three-pointers in a span of less than four minutes to give Purdue a 17-15 lead with about 8 minutes to play in the half. Two of the three-pointers came when Jackson bounced and zipped into the creases of the zone and then kicked the ball out to Smith.

Jackson also pushed the tempo, getting the ball quickly up the court. He found E'Twaun Moore for a dunk with less than one minute to play in the half.

  • Freshman Terone Johnson and sophomore D.J. Byrd got their first starts of the season. Sophomore Patrick Bade and junior Ryne Smith started the first three games.
  • Redshirt freshman big man Sandi Marcius didn't play in the first half. Austin Peay doesn't have much size -- and the bigger guys it does have are more athletic. So maybe not the best matchup for Marcius again, but I'm not sure how much of his groin injury is factoring into the lack of playing time.

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