Purdue knocks off Indiana, sweeps season series

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Purdue center A.J. Hammons shoots next to Indiana forward Collin Hartman during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Purdue won 67-63. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas combined for 32 points and 13 rebounds Thursday night, leading Purdue to a 67-63 victory against Indiana.

Rapheal Davis gave Purdue the lead for keeps at 64-61 with back-to-back driving layups at the 1:21 mark and again with 36 seconds to play.

Hammons added two free throws to cap the scoring with 4.3 seconds left after Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer with five seconds to go.

Davis finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Hammons added 20 points. Haas added 12 points and nine rebounds as Purdue won in Bloomington for the first time since a 72-61 triumph on Feb. 23, 2011.

Hammons’ layup with 12:11 left in the game gave Purdue a 48-41 lead and capped a 21-12 burst to begin the second half.

Purdue led 55-47 with 7:25 to play, but Indiana rallied to take the lead at 61-60 on Ferrell’s 3-pointer with 1:44 left.

Ferrell led Indiana (18-9, 8-6) with 21 points. Troy Williams and James Blackmon, Jr. each added 14 for Indiana, which made only five 3-pointers after sinking 18 on Sunday against Minnesota.

Purdue, which has beaten the Hoosiers three consecutive times, outrebounded Indiana 38-21.

Ferrell’s driving layup just ahead of the buzzer gave Indiana a 29-27 halftime lead, although the Hoosiers scored only nine points during the first half’s final 10:37.

Indiana used a 9-0 burst that included a 3-pointer and two free throws from Ferrell to seize a 20-12 lead with 10:38 to go in the first 20 minutes.

But with Isaac Haas contributing six points and Jon Octeus five, the Boilermakers mounted a 15-7 run to tie it at 27 before Ferrell’s buzzer-beater.

Indiana made eight of its first 11 field goal attempts.

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TIP-INS

Purdue: The Boilermakers entered 9-31 all-time in Indiana’s Assembly Hall. … Before facing the Hoosiers, Purdue had won six of its most recent seven games. … In Big Ten games, Purdue leads the conference in field-goal percentage defense at 38.8.

Indiana: Yogi Ferrell made two 3-pointers in the opening half, extending his streak of consecutive games with at least one trey to 58. … Indiana entered shooting 41.7 percent from 3-point range, third best in the nation. … The Hoosiers have six victories against teams in the RPI Top 50, best in the Big Ten.

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