Men's Basketball Takes Exhibition Opener, 78-46

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Senior forward Robbie Hummel netted a game-high 18 points in 15 minutes of work on Tuesday night in Purdue's 78-46 exhibition win over Northern State.
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Senior forward Robbie Hummel netted a game-high 18 points in 15 minutes of work on Tuesday night in Purdue's 78-46 exhibition win over Northern State.
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Nov. 1, 2011

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior Robbie Hummel scored a game-high 18 points and sophomore Travis Carroll added a dozen as the Purdue men's basketball team powered past Northern State, 78-46, on Tuesday in the first of its two exhibition games.

Hummel's return to competitive basketball was a memorable one, as he scored his 18 points and grabbed a game high-tying seven rebounds in 15 minutes of action. He was 5-of-10 from the field, and knocked down six of his seven attempts from the free throw line.

The Boilermakers shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half, and 45.9 percent for the game. Purdue held a 41-16 lead at the break.

Carroll and fellow sophomore forward Sandi Marcius each finished the night 4-of-4 from the field, accounting for 12 and eight points, respectively. Freshmen Anthony Johnson and Donnie Hale both tallied nine points on the night, with the latter also chipping in with six rebounds.

The Boilermakers' defense was swarming on Tuesday night, forcing Northern State into 25 turnovers against just five assists and limiting the Wolves to a 29.5-percent shooting clip. Junior D.J. Byrd, who also led all players with four assists, notched a game-high four steals. Junior guard Kelsey Barlow added a game-high two blocks.

Purdue will cap its exhibition season on Sunday, when it welcomes Southern Indiana to Mackey Arena for a 5 p.m. ET tip. The game will be streamed live at btn.com, and can be heard on the radio via the Purdue Sports Network.