Saturday, February 20, 2010
Purdue staves off upset bid
By Brian Bennett
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue just keeps on winning.
Despite a record peformance by Illinois guard Demetri McCamey and a blazing shooting day for the Illini, the fourth-ranked Boilermakers pulled away in the final three minutes for a 75-65 win, their ninth straight.
On a day when one of the Boilermakers' Big Three struggled -- JaJuan Johnson was just 1-for-10 from the field for five points -- senior Keaton Grant made a big contribution off the bench. Grant scored a season high 15 points, 10 of them coming in the final 6:02.
His three-pointer broke a 56-all tie, and Purdue would never trail again. He also hit a three with 1:28 to go to make it 68-60. Robbie Hummel had 22 points and 12 rebounds, while E'Twaun Moore added 18.
Illinois guard Demetri McCamey tied Tony Wysinger's 24-year-old school record with 16 assists. That also tied him for the most assists in an NCAA Division I game this season.
But Purdue closed the game with a 14-5 run to move one step closer to a Big Ten regular season title.