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The Last Meeting
January 8, 2012
Boilermakers Take Down Minnesota, 79-66
Lewis Jackson had 16 of his 20 points in the second half, D.J. Byrd sank all five of his 3-point attempts in the first half and Robbie Hummel returned to the scene of his first devastating injury to enjoy an inspired victory by Purdue, 79-66 over Minnesota on Sunday night.
» The Boilermakers will look to get back to their winning ways and send seniors Dru Anthrop and D.J. Byrd out in style on Saturday when they host Minnesota at noon ET.
» A win on Saturday would be the 200th of Matt Painter's head coaching career, and would move him within a game of tying Ray Eddy (176) for third place on Purdue's coaching victories chart.
» Purdue is coming off a tough home loss to No. 7/8 Michigan in which junior Terone Johnson poured in a career-high 32 points, freshman Rapheal Davis narrowly missed a double-double with 15 points and nine boards, and the Boilers held a +12 rebounding advantage.
» Johnson's 32 points and 12 field goals against Michigan are the most by an individual in a Big Ten game this season.
» The Boilermakers head into the weekend as the top-ranked rebounding team in the Big Ten in league action, grabbing an average of 38.2 per game; Purdue's average of 13.0 offensive boards in B1G play ranks second to Minnesota's 14.0.
» The Boilers are ranked third in the Big Ten with an average of 4.5 blocks per game in B1G play; freshman A.J. Hammons leads the B1G with an average of 2.3 blocks per game in conference action.
» The Boilers have scored 962 of their 1,944 points (49.5 percent) this season in the paint; Purdue is averaging 32.1 points per game in the paint and outscoring opponents by an average of 6.1 points per game on the block.
» Hammons ranks in the top four among B1G freshmen in points, total rebounds, offensive rebounds defensive rebounds and blocks per game; he is the only active freshman in the power six conferences averaging at least 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks per game.
» Playmaking brothers Ronnie and Terone Johnson account for 34.8 percent of Purdue's scoring and 49.6 percent of the team's assists on the season; they combine to average 24.4 points and 7.1 assists per game in Big Ten play.
» Ronnie Johnson has been stellar with the ball in his hands in Big Ten play, ranking second in the league in assists per game (4.6) and fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8) in B1G games; his 120 assists on the season rank second on Purdue's freshman chart.
» The rookie quartet of Davis, Hammons, Johnson and Donnie Hale are combining to average 29.3 points per game this season, which translates into 45.2 percent of the Boilermakers' scoring on the year.
» Byrd is tied for the Big Ten lead with an average of 2.5 three-point field goals per game in conference play; his 69 triples on the year are one shy of tying Chad Austin and E'Twaun Moore for 10th on the school's single-season list.
» Sandi Marcius is averaging 6.3 points and 3.9 boards in Purdue's last seven games, by far the best stretch of his career.