WEST LAFYETTE – Indiana was able to absorb Purdue's blows at the start of Saturday's game, but the Hoosiers couldn't handle all of them in an 82-64 loss at Mackey Arena.
The Boilermakers hit five of their first second shots and caused four turnovers by IU to go up 12-6 in the opening four minutes and pushed the lead to 16-8 after the first seven minutes.
The Hoosiers responded by going on a 19-10 run to take a 27-22 lead with 6:30 left in the first half, and the game stayed close for the next 5 ½ minutes with the teams tying the score three times.
But in the final minute of the first, Purdue scored five points and then the Boilermakers went on a 14-1 run in the second half's first five minutes to bury the Hoosiers.
"I would say the first half we fought pretty hard, and we felt like we were right there," Austin Etherington said. "They went on the run to start the second half, and we just didn't take the hit. We didn't fight back like we should of, and it got to where it was."
Indiana climbed out of an early deficit to Purdue by making shots.
The Hoosiers connected on 8 of their first 16 shots, but then things went south.
IU finished the game 19 for 59 and only made 8 of 23 3-point attempts. Coach Tom Crean said the team counted 12 missed layups Saturday.
"That was very frustrating," Yogi Ferrell said. "Especially the second half, when we needed a bucket. We just weren't focusing on those layups. Layups that we normally make. That's just part of the game."
- Ferrell scored 27 points to pace IU's offense. The sophomore made 11 free throws and was perfect at the line before missing two in the minutes
- Will Sheehey surpassed 1,000 career points when he made a 3-pointer 1 ½ minutes into the game. The senior finished with 10 points giving him 1,009 for his career
- Noah Vonleh had 14 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes. He also finished with four fouls.
- IU hasn't won since upsetting then-No. 10 Michigan 63-52 Feb. 2, a span of three games