Updated: Sunday, 13 Jan 2013, 2:36 PM EST
Published : Sunday, 13 Jan 2013, 2:35 PM EST
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Ronnie Johnson scored 13 points to help Purdue defeat Penn State 60-42 on Sunday.
A.J. Hammons had 12 points and 10 rebounds, D.J. Byrd scored 12 points and Rapheal Davis added 10 in just his second start for the Boilermakers (8-8, 2-2 Big Ten).
Purdue, which was coming off double-digit losses to ranked foes Michigan State and Ohio State, held Penn State (8-8, 0-4) to 26 percent shooting.
Brandon Taylor led Penn State with 11 points, but he was the only Nittany Lion to score in double figures.
Penn State has lost four straight and has failed to score more than 54 points in any of those games. The Nittany Lions shot a season-low field-goal percentage for the third straight game and posted a season-low point total.
Purdue outrebounded the Nittany Lions 42-33, allowing the Boilermakers to get away with 10-for-21 shooting from the free-throw line.
Purdue closed the first half with a run. Byrd hit a 3-pointer, then Hammons dropped in a hook to give the Boilermakers a 28-19 lead with 43 seconds left in the half. The Boilermakers went up 30-19 before Penn State's Taylor hit a 3-pointer from just beyond half-court to make it 30-22 at the break.
Taylor scored all 11 of his points in the first half, but his long half-court shot was Penn State's first field goal since the 5:25 mark. The Nittany Lions shot 8 for 30 from the field before the break.
Purdue didn't make a field goal for nearly six minutes to start the second half, but Johnson scored two quick buckets to push Purdue's lead back to 36-26.
A putback by Byrd, then a 3-pointer by Byrd and a layup by Johnson pushed Purdue's lead to 49-30 and forced Penn State to call time out with 7:34 remaining. The Boilermakers remained comfortably ahead from there.