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Boiling Point


Notebook: Needed victory

WEST LAFYETTE – Purdue needed Saturday's 82-64 win over rival Indiana for many reasons.

The Boilermakers wanted to end the four-game losing streak in the series, and they also wanted to get rid of the memory of their 67-49 loss to Ohio State last week when they collapsed in the final 10 minutes.

"It means a lot," Terone Johnson said. "We talked about, especially last game, we went in on a note let's not produce that as far as playing hard and things like that.

"As far as me, it was a very important game for me. I wanted to at least leave out with that bragging right, that I won that last game. I appreciate Sterling (Carter) showing out tonight."

Carter one of the few Purdue players not from Indiana had one of the best games of his career and highest scoring output as a Boilermakers.

The senior, who transferred from Seattle University, scored a team-high 19 points and knocked down 5 of 6 3-pointers.

"He's had some good looks at it before and he just wasn't consistently knocking them down, and tonight he did," coach Matt Painter said.

Stepping up

Purdue never got its main weapon going Saturday.

Center A.J. Hammons was limited to 2-of-4 shooting for five points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes against IU because of foul trouble.

But with the 7-footer neutralized other's stepped up from Carter scoring the most points he ever has with Purdue to Ronnie and Terone Johnson adding 19 and 14 points to the Boilermakers hitting 25 of 52 shots, including 10 of 18 3-pointers.

"We just played with more life, but it is easier to do that when you make more shots," Painter said. "That was probably our best shooting game behind the arc the whole season.

"For us to do that without getting A.J. Hammons established, I thought was a positive. Any time you can lose a big part of your team to foul trouble and you never establish that inside presence, it's good to see other guys score the basketball."

Quick hits

  • Purdue improved to 113-88 all-time against Indiana, including 29-13 at Mackey Arena
  • Purdue's 113 wins are the second-most against any one opponent, and Purdue is the lone Big Ten school to own a winning record against IU
  • Purdue outrebounded IU 39-35
  • Purdue's 82 points were its most since scoring 88 against Boston College on Dec. 4
  • Carter's 5 3-pointers were the most by a Purdue player this season
  • Kendall Stephens made his 51st 3-pointer of the season and is now two behind Chris Lutz (2006) for second on the Purdue freshman single-season list.