It was the second-largest victory margin of the season for Purdue and the worst loss of the season for Northwestern.
Purdue had lost five of six, and its last three losses had come by a combined 61 points.
Ronnie Johnson hits a crazy runner:
FINAL: Purdue held Northwestern to 16-of-55 shooting, as defense led the Boilermakers to a 74-43 victory on Sunday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette. Purdue (13-14) held Northwestern (13-15) to 29 percent shooting from the field and grabbed 35 defensive rebounds, while only allowing nine offensive rebounds. Terone Johnson carried the offensive load for the Boilermakers, finishing with 22 points, seven rebounds, 9-of-16 shooting from the field, and 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. The Boilermakers hit 51 percent of their field goals (27-of-53) but still managed to grab 21 offensive boards. The Boilermakers also got double-digit games from D.J. Byrd (13 points) and Ronnie Johnson and Rapheal Davis, who each scored 10. Mike Turner was 3-of-5 from the floor and chipped in seven points for the Wildcats.
HALFTIME: Terone Johnson scored 12 points and D.J. Byrd added 11 for Purdue in the first half to carry the Boilermakers to a 40-25 lead over Northwestern. Purdue didn’t trail once in the first half and led by as many as 22 points. The Boilermakers are also dominating the glass, owning a 29-10 advantage on the boards. Purdue hit five threes in the first half, shooting 63 percent from deep. The Wildcats shared the ball, finishing with six assists on eight field goals in the first half. Reggie Hearn scored six points to lead the Wildcats.
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