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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11:26 pm | Updated: 9:26 am, Thu Jan 31, 2013.

Indiana’s 3-point shooting, second chance points, and ability to get to the free-throw line helped them hand Purdue its most lopsided loss in Mackey Arena history Wednesday in a 97-60 defeat.

The Boilers kept close to the Hoosiers for the first ten minutes, holding Big Ten Player of the Week Victor Oladipo to only two points and sophomore center Cody Zeller to five. IU’s top three-point shooter senior guard Jordan Hulls didn’t score his first three points until eight minutes into the first half.

While Purdue’s freshman center AJ Hammons and senior forward DJ Byrd defended Zeller and Oladipo well, both headed to the bench with two fouls after only four minutes of play.

The last 10 minutes of the first half were controlled by the Hoosiers. The lead stretched as IU went on an 11-2 run with 3-pointers by freshman Jeremy Hollowell and Oladipo. A dunk by junior Will Sheehey at the 10-minute mark capped the run and gave Indiana a 27-17 lead.

Purdue mustered a short rally with five minutes left in the first half as Hammons came back to score five straight points with a three-point play and a dunk with 4:43 to play to cut the lead to single digits. The cheering in Mackey Arena didn’t last long, though, as Hammons got his third foul on the following possession and was benched for the rest of the half.

A 13-2 run in the last 4:43 of the half by the Hoosiers helped them to go into the locker room leading 47-27.  

“We weren’t knocking down shots,” Hammons said. “When we got down on ourselves we should have pulled together, but we didn’t.”

The second half started with Hammons scoring eight of 10 Purdue points and drawing two fouls from Cody Zeller in the first 5:55 of play.

Despite Hammon’s efforts and six points from Purdue freshman Ronnie Johnson, IU maintained a strong lead. Freshman Yogi Ferrell hit a three-pointer and Oladipo added a layup to extend the lead to 27 points with 9:48 remaining in the game.

Hoosier fans grew louder as IU continued to dominate the game. Zeller, Oladipo and senior forward Christian Watford continued to put up strong numbers as their lead stretched to 32 with less than five minutes left to play.

 “They scored off of every offensive rebound they made,” Ronnie Johnson said. “The second chance and the third chance, you have to find a way to rebound.”

Hammons’ impressive 30 points and Ronnie Johnson’s 13 points were the only double digits seen in this game by Purdue players. Juniors Terone Johnson and Travis Carroll and senior DJ Byrd put up only four points apiece.

Zeller finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Oladipo and Watford finished with 17 and Ferrell with 11 for the Hoosiers. The Hoosiers went 12-25 from three-point range while Purdue finished with only two 3-pointers in the game.

“We had to win the rebounding game.” Indiana head Coach Tom Crean said. Indiana did just that as the team acquired 39 rebounds and held Purdue to only 29.

Purdue is now 11-10 overall and 4-4 in conference play. Indiana’s record climbs to 19-2 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten.

INDIANA (19-2, 7-1)

Watford 5-7 3-4 17, Zeller 6-14 7-7 19, Hulls 3-10 2-2 10, Oladipo 7-12 2-2 17, Ferrell 4-6 0-0 11, Sheehey 3-5 1-1 7, Mosquera-Perea 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Creek 1-5 0-0 3, Abell 2-4 2-2 6, Howard 0-0 0-0 0, Elston 1-2 2-2 5, Hollowell 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 33-67 19-20 97.

PURDUE (11-10, 4-4)

Hammons 10-14 10-12 30, Byrd 1-4 1-2 4, Davis 0-3 0-0 0, T. Johnson 2-6 0-0 4, R. Johnson 5-16 2-2 13, A. Johnson 1-3 0-0 2, Anthrop 0-1 1-2 1, Hale 0-2 0-0 0, Lawson 1-3 0-0 2, Carroll 2-3 0-1 4, Marcius 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-55 14-19 60.

Halftime: Indiana 47-27. 3-Point Goals: Indiana 12-25 (Watford 4-5, Ferrell 3-4, Hulls 2-7, Elston 1-2, Creek 1-2, Oladipo 1-3, Hollowell 0-1, Sheehey 0-1), Purdue 2-8 (Byrd 1-2, R. Johnson 1-2, Anthrop 0-1, Davis 0-1, T. Johnson 0-2). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Indiana 39 (Zeller 11), Purdue 29 (Davis 6). Assists: Indiana 21 (Sheehey 7), Purdue 11 (R. Johnson 5). Total Fouls: Indiana 19, Purdue 17. A: 14,845.

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