Hammons was 7-of-12 from the field and grabbed five of
Purdue's 16 offensive rebounds. Ronnie Johnson (13 points) and
Terone Johnson (10) also scored in double figures for the
Boilermakers (12-5, 2-2 Big Ten), who held a 42-31 overall
advantage on the glass.
Illinois (13-5, 2-3) was outscored by 12 points in the second
half en route to its third straight defeat. Tracy Abrams' 13
points paced the Fighting Illini, who also received 11 points
apiece from Rayvonte Rice and Joseph Bertrand.
A competitive first half carried over throughout the second
half, with the teams going back and forth until Ronnie Johnson
and Kendall Stephens nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to lift
Purdue to a 57-52 lead with less than five minutes left. Jon
Ekey's 3-pointer about two minutes later drew Illinois within
58-57, but the Illini could not make enough baskets down the
Illinois squandered a big opportunity when 32 seconds remaining
when Bertrand was fouled on a 3-pointer but missed two of the
three foul shots, leaving the hosts down by four. Ronnie Johnson
converted a pair of free throws on the other end, and Ekey badly
missed a 3-pointer that sealed Illinois' fate.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Abrams led all scorers with 11 points at the
break, while Rice had 10 at intermission as Illinois led 33-29.
... The Boilermakers have won nine of their last 10 games
against the Illini. ... Illinois, which plays four of its next
five games against ranked opponents, shot poorly from the field
(38.5 percent), 3-point range (7-of-21) and the foul line
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