Purdue took care of business in its first two Big Ten games, beating Iowa on the road and Illinois at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers third conference game was probably the one casual fans figured they had the best chance to win. However, Penn State was hungry to taste victory in the conference for the first time this season and dominated the Boilermakers 65-45.
Purdue fell behind early and never really recovered. The Nittany Lions led by 14 points at halftime and, despite a strong start to the second half by Purdue, Penn State cruised to the victory. Defense was key in the contest as Purdue was held to just 31 percent field goal shooting. The Boilermakers 18 first half points were a season low.
Billy Oliver connected for seven three-pointers and led all scorers with 21 points. Tim Frazier added 15 for the Wildcats. Purdue was led by Robbie Hummel's 14 points and five rebounds.
Purdue (12-4, 2-1) continues it's road trip with a game at Minnesota Sunday night.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times