West Lafayette, Ind. — A.J. Hammons had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Johnny Hill scored a season-high 15 to help No. 17 Purdue get past Northwestern, 71-61, on Tuesday night.
The Boilermakers (21-6, 9-5 Big Ten) have not lost consecutive games this season.
Northwestern (17-10, 5-9) was led by Tre Demps with 16 points and Bryant McIntosh, who had 14 points and four assists. The Wildcats have lost seven of nine overall and five straight on the road.
Hammons had 11 points and eight rebounds in the first half as the Boilermakers saw a 12-point lead cut to 35-27.
Northwestern got as close as 39-35 in the second half, but Purdue got consecutive 3-pointers from Ryan Cline and Hill to spur a 10-2 run that made it 64-50 with 4 minutes 39 seconds left. After that, Northwestern couldn’t get closer than seven.
The Wildcats struggled the entire game.
They missed their first eight shots, couldn’t make 3-pointers and couldn’t match up with the bigger Boilermakers. And then they got into deep foul trouble.
Somehow, though, they managed to keep it close.
Purdue opened the game with eight straight points and strung together two 6-0 runs in the first half but led just 27-15.
When Northwestern closed out the half with a three-point play from McIntosh and a 3-pointer from Demps, it trailed by eight. The comeback continued in the second half and when Gavin Skelly made 1-of-2 free throws with 15:58 left, the deficit was four points.
But the Boilermakers steadied themselves and used the late run to finally pull away.
More Big Ten
(At) Illinois 82, Rutgers 66: Malcolm Hill scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds and Illinois (12-14, 4-9 Big Ten) ended a two-game skid while the Scarlet Knights (6-20, 0-13) have lost 13 straight games, all in conference play.
Detroit 74, Northern Kentucky 68: Paris Bass had 24 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit (14-12, 8-7 Horizon). Jaleel Hogan scored 15 and Carlton Brundidge had 11 rebounds.
(At) Ohio 86, Eastern Michigan 64: Antonio Campbell had 33 points and 11 rebounds for Ohio (18-8, 9-5 Mid-American Conference). Willie Magnum IV finished with 19 points for Eastern Michigan (13-13, 5-8).
(At) Central Michigan 77, Toledo 69: Braylon Rayson scored 28 and Chris Foiwler added 16 for Central Michigan (13-12, 6-6 MAC).
(At) Kent State 85, Western Michigan 78 (OT): Thomas Wilder scored 24 for Western Michigan (10-15, 4-0 MAC).
Top 25 men
(At) No. 24 Texas 85, No. 10 West Virginia 78: Isaiah Taylor scored 23 for Texas (17-9, 8-5 Big 12). Devin Williams had 18 points and 12 rebounds for West Virginia (20-6, 9-4).
Freshman Eric Davis (Saginaw) scored 15 and made four 3-pointers in the first half and Texas (17-9, 8-5 Big 12) had 10 in the game capping a sweep of the Mountaineers.
(At) No. 25 Baylor 100, No. 13 Iowa State 91, OT: Johnathan Motley scored seven of his 27 points in overtime and Baylor ended a three-game home losing streak. There were 14 ties and 14 lead changes in the game that began with both teams having identical records.
The final lead change came with 3:19 left in overtime when Lester Medford hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to put Baylor (19-7, 8-5 Big 12) up 87-84. After Deonte Burton missed badly on a 3-pointer, Taurean Prince had a bounce pass to Motley for an emphatic two-handed dunk.
Terry Maston had 15 points for Baylor, while Medford, Prince and Al Freeman all had 14. Motley, who scored 27 points in the teams’ first meeting, had 10 rebounds.
The Cyclones (18-8, 7-6) had three 20-point scorers: Abdel Nader with 26, Georges Niang with 24 and Monte Morris with 20. Burton had 14.
Missouri announced junior guard Wes Clark was dismissed from the basketball team.
“Wes Clark has failed to meet the academic expectations of the Mizzou Athletics Department and is no longer a member of the men’s program,” a release read “Due to this issue relating to academics, Mizzou Athletics will have no further comment.”
Clark started all 25 games this season for Missouri, averaging 9.8 points per game and three rebounds. He has four 20-point games this season, including a career-high 26 points in an 81-72 loss at South Carolina on Jan. 16.