(14) Purdue 68

(7-2, 1-0 away)

Ball State 39

(4-4, 2-2 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 9, 2008

    John E. Worthen Arena, Muncie, Indiana

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    #14PUR 30 3868
    BALL 17 2239

    Top Performers

    Purdue: R. Hummel 15 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Ball State: A. Newell 11 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast

    Purdue holds Ball State to just 37 points en route to win

    Associated Press

    MUNCIE, Ind. -- Ball State hadn't faced a suffocating defense like Purdue's since the Truman administration.

    Ball State produced its lowest point total in more than a half century as Purdue (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) beat the Cardinals 68-39 on Tuesday night. The last time Ball State failed to score at least 40 points was in a 58-37 loss to DePauw on Jan. 12, 1952.

    "We credit Purdue for their defense and their intensity," Ball State coach Billy Taylor said. "They got up in us right from the opening tip and we played on our back heel."

    Purdue's effort came after the Boilermakers held Arkansas-Pine Bluff to 23 percent shooting in a 90-42 win on Saturday. Purdue coach Matt Painter was glad to see more of the same.

    "We did a good job of putting pressure on the ball," he said. "When there were things that were open for Ball State tonight, I thought our pressure was able to knock some of those things out."

    The Boilermakers held the Cardinals to 26 percent shooting and forced 21 turnovers. Many of Ball State's shots were ill-advised.

    "That comes from pressure," Taylor said. "When you get that pressure, you've got to respond the right way, which was trying to execute, trying to screen, trying to cut, trying to move the ball from side to side. We struggled with that tonight."

    Purdue's offense was strong, too. Robbie Hummel scored 15 points after sitting Saturday's win over Pine Bluff with back spasms. He also had nine rebounds and three assists.

    "I felt pretty good," he said. "My back's not really that sore, but we'll see how it feels tomorrow morning."

    JaJuan Johnson scored 12 points and E'Twaun Moore and Nemanja Calasan added 10 each for the Boilermakers (7-2).

    Anthony Newell led Ball State (4-4) with 11 points and eight rebounds.

    The Boilermakers led 12-9 before 5-foot-9 point guard Lewis Jackson was called for goaltending with just over 11 minutes left in the first half. The Boilermakers responded with a 13-0 run and held the Cardinals scoreless for nearly 6 1/2 minutes. Minus the goaltending call, Ball State didn't make a shot from the field for nearly 11 minutes.

    Newell's 3-pointer with 3:23 left in the half ended the drought and cut Purdue's lead to 26-17. Ball State didn't score for the rest of the half, and Purdue led 30-17 at the break.

    Early in the second half, Ball State's Malik Perry hit Purdue's Chris Kramer hard on a fast-break layup attempt and was called for an intentional foul. Kramer made both free throws.

    Kramer fell near the Ball State cheerleaders and nearly undercut one of them, but none were hurt.

    "I was really kind of shook up a little bit, but I took my time, went to the free-throw line, knocked those two down," Kramer said. "When you knock those down, the pain goes away fast."

    Purdue kept possession after the free throws, and Calasan scored to give Purdue a 39-19 lead.

    The highlight of the game came on a Purdue fast break. Hummel drove the lane and found Johnson, who stuffed the ball with both hands to give the Boilermakers a 51-25 lead with 9 minutes left.

    Purdue's intensity wore the Cardinals down.

    "You could see that they were getting tired in the second half," Painter said. "They were just trying to keep fresh bodies in there and go hard."

    The game was so lopsided that the Ball State student section resorted to chanting "Where's your bowl game?" referring to the Purdue football team's 4-8 finish. Ball State went 12-0 before losing the Mid-American Conference's title game and earning a bid to the Jan. 6 GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

    Efforts like Tuesday's could make football season a distant memory for Purdue fans.

    "We really played hard," Kramer said. "That's the hardest we've played all year, and the score really scored that tonight."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 68 39
    FG Made-Attempted 28-61 (.459) 14-53 (.264)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-13 (.385) 3-15 (.200)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-11 (.636) 8-17 (.471)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 29 0

    2008-09 Season

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