BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – JaJuan Johnson had 20 points and nine rebounds to help No. 8 Purdue beat Indiana 72-61 on Wednesday night.
E'Twaun Moore had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists after a 38-point outburst against Ohio State on Sunday. D.J. Byrd added 11 points and a career-high nine rebounds for the Boilermakers (23-5, 12-3 Big Ten), who won their fifth straight and avoided a letdown after big wins against Wisconsin and Ohio State.
Purdue remained in second place in the conference, a game behind Ohio State with three to play. The Boilermakers swept the season series and won their fifth consecutive meeting with the Hoosiers.
Purdue made up for a 14-of-24 performance at the free throw line by shooting 50 percent from the field. The Boilermakers held the Hoosiers to 38 percent shooting.
Purdue jumped out to a 7-0 lead on two fadeaways by Johnson and a 3-pointer by Byrd. Indiana closed the gap to 16-14 before Moore and Byrd hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Purdue a 22-14 edge with 9 minutes left in the first half.
Indiana rallied and could have taken the lead, but Will Sheehee missed a jumper, and Purdue's Ryne Smith drained a 3-pointer at the other end. Smith then got a steal and found Terone Johnson, who drained another 3-pointer to give the Boilermakers a 34-27 advantage.
Moore hit a long 2-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in the first half to give the Boilermakers a 41-31 edge at the break. Purdue shot 62 percent in the first half and made 7 of 12 3-point attempts.
JaJuan Johnson's three-point play early in the second half put the Boilermakers up 46-33. Indiana rallied, and a 3-pointer and three-point play by Jordan Hulls cut Purdue's lead to 49-45.
Things got chippy when the teams battled for a rebound. Purdue's Lewis Jackson got into a tie-up with Indiana's Jeremiah Rivers, and the two had to be separated.
Indiana's Victor Oladipo scored on a putback to trim Purdue's lead to 54-51, but JaJuan Johnson's three-point play on the other end bumped the Boilermakers' lead back to six.
Purdue locked down on defense after that, and a dunk by Moore put the Boilermakers up 65-53.