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Sunday, January 28, 2018 6:30 pm

Purdue 74, Indiana 67: Quick thoughts

Dylan Sinn | The Journal Gazette

How it Happened

Indiana (12-10, 5-5, Big Ten) jumped out to an early lead and held it for much of the first half thanks to some struggles from beyond the arc for Purdue. The Boilermakers missed their first seven 3s, and the Hoosiers scored often inside with Juwan Morgan and Freddie McSwain. That pair combined for 16 points before halftime, with 13 in the paint.

Robert Johnson played like a star in the first 20 minutes for IU, scoring 13 points and knocking down a pair of 3's. He repeatedly got into the lane against Purdue's surprisingly porous defense and consistently made the right play in deciding whether to shoot or pass. The only blemish on his first half was three straight missed free throws late in the half.

After falling behind by as many as 10, however, Purdue (21-2, 10-0) rallied, making three of their last four 3's in the opening 20 minutes to close the gap to 37-35 at the break. Center Isaac Haas led the charge with 14 points on a variety of layups and dunks.

Purdue ratcheted up the defensive pressure early in the second half and opened the half on a 9-2 run to take a 44-39 lead. The run ended with possibly the play of the game from Carsen Edwards. The Boilermaker guard stole a pass and raced the other way, with only Josh Newkirk between him and the basket. Edwards palmed the ball in his left hand and dunked it over a leaping Newkirk, drawing a foul as well.

Indiana responded with a 7-0 run of its own, thanks to Morgan. The junior big man scored twice underneath and was tenacious on the boards battling Haas for rebounds. His bruising play helped IU regain the lead, 50-48 with 12:07 left.

The game remained close until the final minutes. Morgan committed his fourth foul with 4:44 left, putting Purdue in the double bonus. It was more difficult for him to cover Haas down the stretch while trying not to foul out. The Purdue center scored twice in quick succession with less than three minutes left to put Purdue up 69-64.

Indiana continued battling, but in the final minute, P.J. Thompson got a key steal from Johnson and the Boilermakers held on for a victory.

Player(s) of the Game: Juwan Morgan, Robert Johnson

It would be impossible to choose between these two, even in defeat. Both were instrumental in keeping the Hoosiers in the game, finishing with a combined 45 points. The offense flowed through one of them on nearly every possession and both did decent jobs of containing their tough defensive assignments (Haas for Morgan and Carsen Edwards for Johnson), although the stat sheet didn't show it.

Facts and Figures

Haas led the Boilermakers with 26 points on 10 for 17 from the field. He played a career-high 30 minutes, after coming in averaging just 21.5 per game. ... Purdue wins its team-record 17th straight game, and its 12th Big Ten win in a row is also a record. ... Morgan had 24 points, his third straight game with 20-plus and fifth in his last eight. ... Johnson finished with 21 points, moving him past Steve Green and Joby Wright for 29th on the all-time IU scoring list. ... Indiana shot 10 or 17 from the free-throw line, again struggling from the charity stripe. ... Indiana lost for the first time at home in Big Ten play. ... The teams combined for just 17 turnovers, one game after Indiana and Illinois had combined for 32 in Champaign. ...Despite a size disadvantage, Indiana outrebounded Purdue 31-30.

What's Next?

The Hoosiers return to action Tuesday at Value City Arena to take on the No. 13 Ohio State Buckeyes (18-5, 9-1). The game will tip off at 7 p.m. and will air on ESPN2. It will be the second of three straight games for the Hoosiers against Top 25 teams. The Buckeyes will be coming off an 82-79 upset loss against Penn State, their first Big Ten defeat. Keita Bates-Diop leads Ohio State and the Big Ten with 19.9 points per game.