WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Travis Parker scored 21 points and
Penn State used a barrage of 3-point baskets to beat Purdue 69-61
With former Purdue coach Gene Keady, now an NBA assistant with
the Toronto Raptors, visiting Mackey Arena and sitting in the
stands a dozen rows behind the Penn State basket, the Boilermakers
took a six-point lead in the first eight minutes of the game.
But the Nittany Lions (13-11, 5-8 Big Ten) scored four of their
first six baskets on 3-pointers, and Parker added one long-range
basket and Ben Luber hit two more during a 13-2 run midway through
The last lead for Purdue (9-15, 3-10) was at 29-28 late in the
first half on a basket by Matt Kiefer. But Penn State pulled ahead
34-29 at the break and slowly widened the lead at the start of the
Two more 3-pointers by Parker and one by David Jackson helped
the Nittany Lions to a 52-37 lead with 10 minutes to go. The
Boilermakers cut it to 55-47 with under 4 minutes remaining, but
Jackson hit another 3-pointer, Parker scored again and the Nittany
Lions stayed comfortably in front the rest of the way.
Penn State, which beat Purdue by 20 points last month, finished
10-of-24 from behind the arc, including a matching career-high four
Luber added 13 points and Jackson finished with 12. Geary
Claxton and freshman Jamelle Cornley had career highs in rebounds
with 15 and 12, respectively.
Kiefer led Purdue with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but he had
only one basket and two free throws in the second half. Chris Lutz
added 10 points for the Boilermakers, who hit just 6-of-28
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