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Purdue Edges Illinois

Champaign,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - A.J. Hammons registered 17 points, eight 
rebounds  and  three blocks  as the Purdue  Boilermakers defeated the Illinois 
Fighting Illini 66-58 in a Big Ten tilt at the State Farm Center. 

Ronnie  Johnson tallied  13  points for  Purdue (12-5,  2-2  Big Ten).  Terone 
Johnson added 10 points. 

Tracy  Abrams  scored 13  points with  five assists  for Illinois (13-5, 2-3), 
which  has  lost three straight games.  Joseph Bertrand and Rayvonte Rice each 
scored 11 points with Rice also pulling down seven rebounds. 

Illinois shot 41.9 percent from the floor in the first half and were left with 
a  33-29 lead at  the intermission. Purdue made just 37.1 percent of its field 
goal attempts, including 1-of-11 from 3-point range in the period. 

The  Boilermakers  made 48.1 percent of  their shot attempts from the field in 
the  second  half to push  past the Illini, who  netted just seven field goals 
after the break. 

Purdue dominated the glass, holding a 42-28 rebounding advantage. 

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