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Purdue gets key Big Ten win

E’Twaun Moore gets between Wisconsin’s Keaton Nankivil, left, and Jordan Taylor to give Purdue a 58-57 lead with 25 seconds left. The Badgers missed twice in the closing seconds.

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E’Twaun Moore gets between Wisconsin’s Keaton Nankivil, left, and Jordan Taylor to give Purdue a 58-57 lead with 25 seconds left. The Badgers missed twice in the closing seconds.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — E'Twaun Moore scored 20 points and No. 10 Purdue held off No. 16 Wisconsin 60-57 on Thursday night.

JaJuan Johnson, who did not start because he was late arriving, added 14 points and Robbie Hummel had 12 points, 13 rebounds and five assists for the Boilermakers (17-3, 5-3 Big Ten), who won their third straight and moved within a half-game of Wisconsin (16-5, 6-3) for second in the conference.

A loss would have left Purdue four games behind league leader Michigan State with 10 to play.

Trevon Hughes missed a contested runner in the closing seconds that could have won it for Wisconsin. Keaton Nankivil scored a career-high 25 points and shot 7-of-8 on 3-pointers for the Badgers.

Moore scored in the lane with 25 seconds left to give Purdue a 58-57 lead. Hughes missed a jumper, but the ball bounced out of bounds off a Purdue player with six seconds left.

Hughes then missed a bank shot, and Johnson rebounded, making two final free throws.

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan was fine with Hughes taking the final shot instead of Nankivil: "If you know your history, it's probably not a bad guy to have the ball in his hands."

Purdue point guard Lewis Jackson played for the first time this season, getting three rebounds and two points in 11 minutes. Jackson, who started as a freshman last season, injured his left foot during preseason.

no. 17 pitt 63, st. john's 53: Ashton Gibbs and Gary McGhee had key baskets to start a game-ending 9-1 run and the host Panthers (16-4, 6-2 Big East) overcame cold shooting and a 41-31 rebounding disparity.

No. 18 Mississippi 84, Auburn 74: Chris Warren scored 20 points and Terrico White had 19 for the visiting Rebels (16-4, 4-2 SEC), who shot 57 percent and got 53 points from their three starting guards.

no. 22 ga. tech 79, wake 58: D'Andre Bell led a balanced offense with 16 points and the Yellow Jackets (15-5, 4-3 ACC) held the Demon Deacons to 33 percent shooting and almost 19 points below their average.

va. tech 76, virginia 71, ot: Malcolm Delaney scored 27 points and the Hokies (16-3, 3-2 ACC) got their first conference road win after the Cavs forced OT on Sammy Zeglinski's contested 25-footer with one second left. "Once we got over the shock, we have really tried to brainwash our guys that we enjoy overtime," Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. The Hokies, down 62-52 with 3:44 left in regulation, scored 13 straight.

Arkansas 67, Miss. St. 62: Courtney Fortson had 33 of his career-high 35 points in the second half as the host Razorbacks (9-11, 2-3) matched their SEC wins from last season. The Bulldogs, who visit UF next week, hit only 5 of 26 3-pointer attempts.


No. 4 Ohio St. 81, Minnesota 58: Samantha Prahalis had 23 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the host Buckeyes (21-2, 9-1 Big Ten).

No. 5 Tennessee 85, Auburn 56: Angie Bjorklund, who was slumping averaging 8.8 points in the previous four games, scored 20 for the host Vols (18-2, 6-1 SEC).

Miss. St. 74, No. 9 Georgia 66: Alexis Rack had 34 points and host Mississippi State sent UGA (18-3, 5-3 SEC) to its second straight loss and third in five games. Georgia shot 36.4 percent (24-of-66).

Kentucky 71, No. 18 LSU 62: Victoria Dunlap had 24 points and nine rebounds as the Wildcats ended a 16-game losing streak to the Tigers (14-5, 3-4 SEC).

Purdue 80, No. 23 Penn St. 76, OT: Brittany Rayburn scored 26 and K.K. Houser made all 13 of her free-throw attempts in scoring a career-high 18 for the visiting Boilermakers, who led most of the game until Alex Bentley's jumper with 11 seconds left in regulation tied it at 65. Rayburn and Houser combined for 11 points in overtime. Bentley scored 27 for the Lions (15-5, 7-3 Big Ten).

No. 24 Wisconsin-Green Bay 73, Butler 62: Julie Wojta scored 16 of her 23 points in the first half and the host Phoenix (17-2, 6-2 Horizon League) held on. Wisconsin-Green Bay shot 75 percent in the first half, hitting 11 straight to close it out with a 43-23 lead.

Purdue gets key Big Ten win 01/28/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 29, 2010 12:02am]
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