College Basketball

No. 25 Rutgers holds on to beat Purdue 70-63

PISCATAWAY, NJ - JANUARY 28: Caleb McConnell #22 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights attempts a shot as Matt Haarms #32 of the Purdue Boilermakers defends during the first half of a college basketball game at Rutgers Athletic Center on January 28, 2020 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Rutgers defeated Purdue 70-63. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (WISH) — Caleb McConnell scored 16 points, making all 12 of his free throw attempts, and No. 25 Rutgers nearly blew a 17-point lead before holding off Purdue 70-63 on Tuesday night.

Purdue got within 64-61 with a half minute to go, but couldn’t get any closer.

Jahaad Proctor led Purdue with 19 points on while Trevion Williams had 17 points and 13 rebounds.