D.J. Byrd didn't have to shoot left-handed on Tuesday.
That was good for Byrd and Purdue.
Byrd's sprained right shoulder held up enough to allow the sophomore to play 23 minutes in a 76-58 victory over Valparaiso.
"Before the game, we did a good job of getting it ready to where it was pain free," Byrd said. "I think that helped out during the game. It still gets sore every now and then. It's sore right now. But I should be all right with it the next couple days."
Byrd injured the shoulder last week against Virginia Tech when he ran into a screen. He played only two minutes against Alabama on Saturday. But after getting consistent treatment since, Byrd looked more like his old self against the Crusaders.
He made three of six shots, including a three-pointer, to score seven points and had three rebounds.
In warm-ups against Alabama, the righty Byrd was shooting left-handed. He said on Tuesday that was in case he was able to play in the game and had to shoot free throws. He would have taken those shots left-handed, he said.