No. 11 Purdue relied on rebounding andscoring from role players with one half of its dynamic scoring duohaving an off night.
The Boilermakers' other star, forward JaJuan Johnson, did thejob in both categories with running mate E'Twaun Moore strugglingfrom the field.
Johnson had 15 points and 15 rebounds, Ryne Smith scored 20points and the defense clamped down on Big Ten-leading scorer TalorBattle in an 83-68 win Wednesday night.
Lewis Jackson added 17 points for the Boilermakers (14-1, 3-0),who won their ninth straight by getting scoring from other sourceswith Moore (2 of 10 shooting) finishing with just four points, 16below his season average.
"They had a lot of guys collapsing on JaJuan tonight andespecially E'Twaun," said Smith, who hit all five of his 3s. "Ifound some openings and got them to go."
Battle finished with 18 points, but shot just 6 of 22 from thefield and was 2 of 9 from the 3-point arc. The Nittany Lions (8-6,1-2), starting a stretch of five straight against ranked foes, lostits 10th straight to a Top 25 team.
Jermaine Marshall also scored 18 points for Penn State, givingcoach Ed DeChellis a needed spark off the bench with top reserveguard Taran Buie suspended indefinitely for a violation of teamrules.
But Purdue held a 46-31 edge in rebounding, including 14-6 onthe offensive end. DeChellis knows what his team needs to work onin practice with No. 18 Michigan State coming to State College onSaturday.
"I really believe it comes down to the glass, you have to gorebound the ball," he said. "You can't give them 14 offensiverebounds. ... We had so many balls bouncing around that we couldn'tgrab."
Kelsey Barlow's jumper at 12:50 of the second half capped a 16-8run to push a four-point halftime lead to 47-35. Johnson scored 11points in the half and hit two free throws to extend the lead to 15with 8:52 left.
Even Johnson had an off-night offensively, finishing 5 of 9 fromthe field.
"If you had told me Johnson would have 15 (points) and Moorewould have four, I would have thought we would have had a prettygood chance," DeChellis said.
But Buie's half brother, Battle, struggled to get open withPurdue guards Jackson, Barlow and Terone Johnson taking turnsharassing the Nittany Lions' star. Jeff Brooks added 15 points and10 rebounds for Penn State in a physical game.
"Yeah, but we expected that," Brooks said. "It's always likethat when you play Purdue."
The Boilermakers took control early in the second half afterleading 31-27 at the break. Johnson hit a fadeaway jumper in thepost, then converted an offensive rebound with four Nittany Lionsaround him for a 40-31 lead.
After Andrew Jones missed a foul-line jumper, Jackson'sfastbreak layup gave Purdue its first double-digit lead at 42-31with 15 minutes left, and the Nittany Lions got no closer thanseven the rest of the way.
Purdue coach Matt Painter credited role players Smith andJackson with filling in offensively for Moore to help the team winits 10th straight road game.
"I was happy that other guys stepped up and played," he said."I just thought Ryne Smith and Lewis were really in tune tonight,ready to go."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times