Purdue beats Maryland-Eastern Shore 79-50

CLIFF BRUNT (Associated Press)
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Purdue beats Maryland-Eastern Shore 79-50
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Purdue guard Bryson Scott is fouled by Maryland-Eastern Shore guard Issac Smith III on a drive into the lane in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Terone Johnson scored 14 points to help Purdue defeat Maryland-Eastern Shore 79-50 on Tuesday night.

Errick Peck scored nine points and A.J. Hammons had eight points and seven rebounds for the Boilermakers (9-3), who improved to 8-0 at Mackey Arena this season. Purdue committed just 10 turnovers after giving the ball up 18 times in its previous game, a loss to Butler on Saturday. The Boilermakers have won four of five heading into their final nonconference game Sunday at West Virginia.

KyRee Jones scored 23 points on 7-for-17 shooting for Maryland-Eastern Shore (2-6), but his teammates shot a combined 10 for 33 as the Hawks posted a season-low point total. It also was the fewest points Purdue has allowed this season.

Eastern Shore freshman guard Hakeem Baxter, the team's leading scorer heading into the game, sat out after falling on his wrist Saturday against Oregon State.

Maryland-Eastern Shore scored the first points of the game, but Purdue scored the next 14 and forced a timeout. The Boilermakers held the Hawks scoreless for six minutes during that run.

Eastern Shore tried to make a game of it and cut its deficit to 14-8, but Purdue pulled away. The Boilermakers shot 56 percent in the first half, and Ronnie Johnson made a layup at the buzzer to give Purdue a 37-17 lead at the break.

Peck came off the bench and scored nine points in 10 minutes in the first half while Terone Johnson had eight points and four rebounds before the break for Purdue.

Eastern Shore shot just 21 percent from the field in the first half and made just 2 of 14 shots inside the three-point line.

Eastern Shore scored the first four points of the second half to make the crowd a bit uneasy, but the Boilermakers responded with a 10-2 run to put the game out of reach.

Jones carried his weight, scoring 17 of his team's 33 points in the second half.