Terone Johnson scored a career-best
25 points and grabbed nine rebounds and D.J. Byrd's hustle plays down the
stretch propelled Purdue past No. 11 Illinois, 68-61, at Mackey Arena.
Byrd did more than just the little things, scoring 15 points and spearheading
a defensive effort that held Illinois to 35.6 percent shooting. Jacob Lawson
added 10 points and seven rebounds for Purdue (7-6, 1-0 Big Ten), which won
its third straight.
"We just have to have consistency," said Purdue head coach Matt Painter.
"Sometimes it takes a while to play together. Hopefully we can build off
Brandon Paul scored 15 points, Joseph Bertrand added 14 points and seven
rebounds and Tracy Abrams recorded 12 points and five assists for Illinois
(13-2, 0-1), which lost its eighth straight game to Purdue in the conference
opener for both teams.