Purdue wins 11th straight over Northwestern

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Freshman E'Twaun Moore scored a season-high 28 points and No. 19 Purdue, despite blowing a 10-point lead in the second half, beat Northwestern 71-56 on Saturday for its 11th straight victory.

Keaton Grant added 15 points for the Boilermakers (21-5 12-1 Big Ten), who matched their longest winning streak in 12 years and earned their 14th victory in 15 games. Key word: earned.

The Big Ten leaders built a 10-point lead early in the second half, only to see Northwestern (7-16, 0-12) respond with 12 straight points to grab a 50-48 lead on Kevin Coble's 3-pointer with 9:45 left.

That brought the crowd to its feet, but Purdue doused the celebration with a 14-0 run that put it back ahead, 62-50.

Scott Martin's layup started the run and tied it at 50, and Grant hit two 3-pointers to give Purdue a six-point lead. Robbie Hummel added two free throws and a layup, and Green's layup with 5:27 left capped the run.

Moore, who averaged 15.8 points over the previous four games, was 10-of-15 from the field, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range.

Grant also connected from long range for Purdue, which is on its longest streak since winning 11 straight late in the 1995-96 season. He was 3-of-6 on 3-pointers, and the Boilermakers were 9-of-23 overall from the outside while going 26-for-45 from the field. They also owned a 34-19 rebounding edge.

Hummel finished with nine points after scoring a career-high 24 and grabbing 11 rebounds in Tuesday's 60-54 win over No. 10 Michigan State. But he made a big contribution on defense, limiting the Wildcats' second-leading scorer Craig Moore to six points

Coble scored 13 points for Northwestern, which dropped its fifth straight. The Wildcats have not won a conference game since beating Penn State 53-51 on Feb. 10, 2007.

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