staff, January 30, 2013

Cody Zeller scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half, Christian Watford added 17 points and No. 3 Indiana routed rival Purdue 97-60 on Wednesday night to hand the Boilermakers their worst loss at Mackey Arena. The Hoosiers (19-2, 7-1 Big Ten) have won four straight overall and five consecutive road games in league play dating to last season. They remained tied for the Big Ten lead with No. 1 Michigan.

The Wolverines also won Wednesday night, beating Northwestern 68-46, to set up a Saturday night showdown between the league leaders in Bloomington, one of the most highly anticipated games of the season.

Purdue (11-10, 4-4) was led by freshman center A.J. Hammons, who had a career-high 30 points.


A.J. Hammons gets ridiculous And-1 dunk:

Victor Oladipo gets give-and-go dunk:

A.J. Hammons comes up with the big-time swat:

A.J. Hammons goes for another powerful flush:

Will Sheehey gets easy breakaway jam:

A.J. Hammons powers home early dunk:

FINAL: No. 3 Indiana defeated Purdue 97-60 Wednesday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette despite a career-high 30 points from A.J. Hammons. Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo were strong for Indiana, as well, as the former went for 19 points and 11 rebounds and the later 17 and six. The Hoosiers hit 49 percent of their field goals (33-of-67), including 48 percent (12-of-25) from distance, and grabbed 19 offensive rebounds. Christian Watford had a quality shooting game, nailing 5-of-7 shots from the field and scoring 17 points. Other Indiana scorers in double figures included Jordan Hulls (10 points) and Kevin Ferrell (11 points). Purdue (11-10) also got a double-digit game from Ronnie Johnson (13 points).

HALFTIME: Cody Zeller scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 3 Indiana to a 47-27 halftime lead at Purdue. Christian Watford did his share of damage, too, with 11 points and three rebounds. The Hoosiers only shot 41 percent in the first half but were aided by their ability to draw fouls and get to the free-throw line, where they made 16-of-17. A.J. Hammons led Purdue with nine points despite battling early foul trouble and finishing the half with three fouls. D.J. Byrd, Ronnie Johnson, Terone Johnson and Travis Carroll all chipped in four points apiece.

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