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Purdue clamps down on defense

Purdue showed offensive efficiency in spurts in a 66-47 victory over Alabama on Saturday, but it also had a second consecutive strong defensive performance.

Alabama shot 40 percent, 33 in the first half, and had 18 turnovers.

"They're an outstanding defensive team, and we knew coming into the game the pressure we would get, the amount of turnovers they force," Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. "We weren't able to handle that pressure and deal with the physicality and aggressiveness."

Purdue coach Matt Painter said he was pleased to see his team take another step in becoming a solid defensive team, knowing the key is consistency.

"I thought we had a focus again defensively," he said. "I thought we had a great defensive effort.

"We did a good job of not letting them get into an offensive flow and not letting them run their sets."