Illinois' Jeff Jordan, left, and Purdue's Kelsey Barlow go after a loose ball during an NCAA college basketball game at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Robin Scholz) By Robin Scholz
Evan Turner had 32 points in Ohio State’s win against Purdue. Jason Bohannon had 20 points in Wisconsin’s win against Purdue. Michael Thompson scored 20 points in Northwestern’s win against Purdue.
Demetri McCamey’s 28 points for Illinois weren’t enough though.
McCamey found the paint easily, but No. 13 Purdue’s second-half surge at the basket was enough to lead head coach Matt Painter’s squad to an 84-78 victory against Illinois on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.
The Illini led nearly the entire first half, holding the Boilermakers to just 28 points. But their lead slipped away after the break, as they were plagued by fouls and failed to play defense, surrendering 56 points in the final 20 minutes.
“We had no motion to start the second half,” head coach Bruce Weber said. “We didn’t stop anybody in the second half. Fifty-six points. On your home court, that’s way too much.”