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JaJuan Johnson scores 31 in Purdue victory

JaJuan Johnson wasn't sure the moment would come.

After scoring 25 first-half points, he needed only six to get his career high.

But with less than one minute to play in Purdue's 65-52 victory over Indiana State in the Boilermaker BlockBuster in Conseco Fieldhouse, Johnson was stuck on 29.

Johnson knew what his previous career high was, 30 points against Ohio State. And he was on 29 ...

"For awhile, huh?" he said with a smile.

But then he grabbed a defensive rebound, was fouled and went to the line with 38.6 seconds left.

When I asked him if he wanted the ball late to attempt free throws and get his high, he said, "Yeah, why not? I was confident I'd make them. I knew they were trying to foul."

Johnson made both free throws -- he was 11 of 12 in the game -- and promptly was benched afterward.

"As long as we got the win was probably the biggest thing," he said. "But it's always nice, I guess, having a career high. It's kind of special."

  • Starting guard -- or forward, depending on the matchup -- Kelsey Barlow had a career-high and team-high 11 rebounds.
  • D.J. Byrd led the team with five assists and didn't have a turnover.
  • Patrick Bade didn't play because of a coaches' decision. But Travis Carroll got six minutes, and Sandi Marcius played four.
  • The Boilermaker BlockBuster, which started with the women beating Auburn, had 7,666 fans in attendance.