Nov. 6, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Behind a dozen points from junior guard Kelsey Barlow and a defensive effort that forced 20 turnovers, the Purdue men's basketball team downed Southern Indiana, 65-49, on Sunday in its final exhibition tune-up for the 2011-12 season.
The Boilermakers limited USI to 32.8 percent shooting for the game, including 25.9 percent in the opening half as the home team jumped out to a 38-18 lead at the break. With the game tied at 16-16 late in the first half, Purdue reeled off a 22-2 run to distance itself from the Screaming Eagles.
Seven different players tallied at least seven points for Purdue in a balanced offensive effort. The Boilers also out-rebounded Southern Indiana by a count of 43-36.
Barlow connected on 5-of-8 shots from the field, and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, in 18 minutes, while also chipping in with a pair of steals. Sophomore guard Terone Johnson added 10 points and five boards, and senior Robbie Hummel and redshirt freshman Anthony Johnson each scored eight on the night.
The win was the Boilermakers' 19th-straight in exhibition action, including 14 in a row under head coach Matt Painter.
Purdue will officially open the 114th season of Boilermaker basketball on Friday, when it plays host to Northern Illinois as part of Mackey Celebration Weekend. Tip-off is slated for 7:02 p.m. ET.