INDIANA 77, PURDUE 68 (FINAL)
More to come.
INDIANA 77, PURDUE 66 (:30)
As this game winds to a close, the “Kelvin Sampson!” chant has a brief run. Doesn’t catch the way it did last game.
Purdue is making it tough, though, with Hummel hitting a deep 3 and a couple of quick baskets from the lane.
INDIANA 70, PURDUE 59 (1:12)
The “Just like football!” chant starts.
And, wouldn’t you know it. Austin Starr, the kicker who hit the winning field goal for the Hoosiers that blistery November day, is standing right in front of me.
INDIANA 66, PURDUE 59 (2:22)
Free throws are really hurting Purdue. Scott Martin is 1-of-6.
This has been Indiana’s best man-to-man defensive effort of this year. Incredible job closing the lane on Hummel as he drove there.
INDIANA 57, PURDUE 55 (6:10)
Scott Martin is playing the best game of his young career here. Such poise in the lane and from 3-point.
Purdue is hounding Gordon. You’d think they might shy from that given that Indiana is in the bonus but Painter seems committed to it.
Turnovers: 21-4, Indiana leads in a category it doesn’t want to.
INDIANA 50, PURDUE 48 (8:10)
The Boilermakers are pushing back into it here. Hummel is going now after a lousy first half.
Sampson is trying everything to match up with the Boilermakers. He has Taber, Stemler and White together here.
INDIANA 47, PURDUE 39 (11:26)
Not only is he setting dozens of screens — an important job against a team so aggressive on the perimeter — he’s making plays like that tip out to Gordon for 3.
But Purdue, which will shoot free throws after this break, never seems to go away.
INDIANA 42, PURDUE 33 (14:28)
I’m going to get a little crazy and say that D.J. White’s knee does not really hurt him all that much.
INDIANA 38, PURDUE 33 (15:59)
Something motivational was said in the locker room.
D.J. White comes out with a huge dunk. Then Kyle Taber — yes, Kyle Taber — follows with a dunk.
But Robbie Hummel gets wide open for a 3 and hits.
After a few floundering possessions by both sides, Gordon strides down court on a break and gets over Kramer and finds a way to lay the ball in. Looks like he might have switched hands in mid air, but it was so quick I could hardly tell.
Hummel makes a mistake and can’t handle the ball. But Bassett returns it by not crossing the 10-second line fast enought.