Purdue, Hummel hold off Illinois, 67-62

The Associated Press
Purdue, Hummel hold off Illinois, 67-62
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Purdue's D.J. Byrd (21) and Illinois' Tracy Abrams struggle for a loose ball as Illinois guard Brandon Paul (3) watches during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Heather Coit)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Robbie Hummel scored 19 points and three other Boilermakers scored in double figures Wednesday night, helping Purdue hold off struggling Illinois 67-62.

Lewis Jackson and D.J. Byrd added 13 points each and Terone Johnson scored 12 for Purdue (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten).

The Illini (16-10, 5-8) repeatedly closed to within two over the game's final 10 minutes. But the Boilermakers found a way to climb away every time.

The last came on Hummel's free throw with 19.5 seconds to play that put the Boilers up 65-62. With Illinois forced to foul, Hummel then sank two more.

Freshman Tracy Abrams led Illinois with a career-high 22 points. Brandon Paul added 19 points.

Illinois has lost seven of eight while Purdue has won two straight to stay in the top half of the Big Ten.