Purdue 66, Illinois 58

Jan. 16, 2014

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Postgame Notes
State Farm Center (15,007) | Champaign, Ill.
RECORDS: Purdue (12-5, 2-2), Illinois (13-5, 2-3)

• Purdue is now 2-2 in the Big Ten for the fourth straight season ... the Boilermakers won back-to-back Big Ten games for the first time since Jan. 13-16, 2013 (Penn State, Nebraska).
• Purdue has now won nine of its last 10 meetings with Illinois ... Purdue is 24-21 all-time in the State Farm Center (previously called Assembly Hall).
• Purdue improved to 10-0 this year when shooting a higher percentage than its opponent.
• Purdue's 14-rebound advantage was its highest of the season ... it marked the seventh straight time that Purdue has outrebounded its opponent ... Purdue outrebounded the Illini, 23-7, in the second half ... outscored Illinois on second-chance points, 17-5.
• Purdue's has now held eight of its 17 opponents to 69 or fewer polnts (7-1 record) ... it marked the 201st time in 288 games under Matt Painter that Purdue held its opponent under 69 points (163-38 record).
• Purdue has now rallied from at least six points down in six of its 12 victories this year.
• Purdue went just 4-of-19 from three-point range, but was 22-of-43 (.512) inside the three-point line.
• Purdue is now 8-3 in games decided by single digits, compared to 5-8 a year ago.
• Purdue improved to 78-4 under Matt Painter when winning both the rebound (+14) and turnover battles (+3).
• Purdue's two centers (A.J. Hammons and Jay Simpson) combined for 24 points and 11 rebounds in 39 minutes, going 10-of-17 (.588) from the field.
• Purdue improved to 37-30 (.552) on the road since the start of the 2007-08 season ... only four teams (Michigan State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Ohio State) own road records (all games) over .500.
• Purdue improved to 10-3 when holding opponents under their pregame scoring average ... the Boilermakers improved to 9-1 when holding foes under their pregame field goal percentage.
• Purdue went 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the final five minutes.
• Purdue ended the game on an 8-1 run after Illinois cut the lead to 58-57 with 2:35 to play.
• In the first half, Tracy Abrams and Rayvonte Rice combined for 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting ... in the second half, the duo combined for just three points on 0-of-7 shooting.

Matt Painter...
• 188-100 overall at Purdue.
• 92-65 against Big Ten foes.
• 175-54 when holding foes to under 48.0 percent shooting (12-3 this year).
• 154-19 when shooting a higher percentage than opponents (10-0 this year).
• 126-29 when outrebounding opponents.
• 164-37 when holding foes under 69 points.
• 93-4 when holding foes under 59 points.
• 37-19 on Wednesdays (winning five in a row).

A.J. Hammons...
• surpassed 500 career points in the victory tonight.
• averaging 17.5 points per game on 13-of-22 shooting (.591) in last two games.
• blocked three shots in a game for the 11th time (16 games) this year.
• now has 124 career blocked shots in 50 career games.
• recorded seventh double-figure game (5-2) of the season ... third during Big Ten play (four games).

Ronnie Johnson...
• recorded fifth straight double-figure scoring game (13.8 points per game) ... shooting 9-of-13 (.692) from field in last two games.
• made his 10th three-pointer of the season (now 10-of-25; .400) ... was just 6-of-36 (.167) from three-point range last year.

Kendall Stephens...
• moved into fifth place on Purdue freshman three-pointers made list (33) ... fifth game this year with three trifectas ... two shy of David Teague (35) for fourth.
• set a new career high with three assists.

Jay Simpson...
• his scored 14 points with five rebounds (6-of-12 FGs) in 24 minutes over the last two games.

Terone Johnson...
• recorded 14th double-figure game of season (9-5) ... 57th of career (37-20).
• moved into 33rd on career scoring list (1,165 points).

Basil Smotherman...
• tied a career high with six rebounds.





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