Rapid Reaction: Purdue 58, Northwestern 56

January, 28, 2012
1/28/12
5:05
PM CT

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Here’s a quick look at Purdue’s 58-56 win over Northwestern on Saturday.

How it happened: Purdue’s Robbie Hummel wasn’t especially great throughout Saturday’s game, but he came through with the game on the line. With the score tied at 56-56 and the game clock and shot clock winding down, Hummel drove the baseline and drained a leaning shot with eight seconds remaining for the win. Northwestern’s John Shurna attempted a game-winner at the buzzer, but his 3-pointer went off the glass and fell to the court.

What it means: Heading into Saturday, Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said he felt like it was a must-win situation for his team. The Wildcats now have dropped two home conference games and are 2-6 in the Big Ten. Their time is running out to put together a NCAA tournament résumé. For Purdue, it improved to 5-4 in the Big Ten and remained in the conference mix with nearly everyone else.

Player of the game: Hummel came through in the clutch. He scored nine of his 11 points in the second half and had the game-winner.
Northwestern player of the game: Junior guard Drew Crawford kept the Wildcats in the game. He scored a game-high 23 points, which included four 3-pointers.

What’s next: Northwestern’s two-game homestand continues with Nebraska on Thursday. Purdue hosts Indiana on Feb. 4.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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