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No. 4 Purdue Defeats Iowa, 67-56

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Still-undefeated Purdue had to work for the 67-56 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City today. The fourth ranked Boilermakers are now 12-0 (1-0 in the Big Ten), and off to their best start in 16 seasons.

Aaron Fuller scored a season-high 15 points for Iowa to no avail. E’Twaun Moore scored 21 points and Robbie Hummel added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Boilermakers (12-0, 1-0 Big Ten), who have opened with 12 straight wins for the second time. Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson led Purdue to a school-record 14-0 start in 1993-94.

Purdue trailed by one point at halftime and led 40-36 midway through the second half. But Moore keyed a 13-2 run with three straight baskets, helping the Boilermakers push their lead to 53-38 with 8:41 left.

Purdue shot 65.2 percent in the second half, and needed just about every one of those baskets to put away the Hawkeyes (5-8, 0-1), as the Boilermakers had trouble shaking Iowa until Moore starting hitting from the perimeter midway through the second half.

Moore made two jumpers and a 3 to help push the lead to 47-38 with just under 11 minutes left, and his teammates quickly got into the act. Keaton Grant buried a 3-pointer and reserve Mark Wohlford, left wide open on the elbow, calmly hit a 3 to put Purdue ahead 53-38.

Iowa got as close as 59-51 with 4:28 left, but Moore’s three-point play and JaJuan Johnson’s turnaround floater kept the Hawkeyes from getting any closer.

The Boilermakers shot 11 of 30 in the opening half and had just two assists – both by Moore. They doubled that total just 80 seconds into the second half as Grant found a cutting Hummel for a layup and Johnson for a dunk.

Though Iowa quickly tied the game, that halftime lead was the last one the Hawkeyes held. Freshman Eric May had 11 points and eight rebounds for Iowa.

“It’s always tough to play in an environment like this,” Hummel said. “We were lucky to just play well enough to win.”

Although beating Iowa hardly seemed like a major accomplishment given how poorly the Hawkeyes have started, it’s still a positive sign for the Boilermakers.

Purdue closed out the 2008-09 regular season with a 1-4 stretch in league road games – and the Boilermakers play four of their first six Big Ten games away from home. If Purdue hopes to capture its first Big Ten regular season title since 1996, it’s imperative for the Boilermakers to establishing a winning road presence in conference play.

Purdue’s defense was simply too much for Iowa’s thin backcourt, which committed 12 of the Hawkeyes’ 16 turnovers.

“I thought our guys did a good job of staying with the basketball, pressuring the basketball and then really taking advantage of their lack of depth at the point guard position,” Painter said.

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