Indiana 83, Purdue 55

Cliff Brunt, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Will Sheehey scored 22 points to help No. 1 Indiana defeat Purdue 83-55 on Saturday afternoon.
Sheehey, a reserve, set a school record for field-goal percentage by making all nine of his shots.
Cody Zeller had 19 points and nine rebounds, Christian Watford scored 14 points and Jordan Hulls added 11 for the Hoosiers (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten), who won their third in a row. Indiana shot 56 percent from the field overall and 62 percent in the second half.
Indiana's Victor Oladipo did not play in the second half because of a leg injury. He is Indiana's No. 2 scorer and the team's top perimeter defender.
Terone Johnson and Anthony Johnson each scored 11 points for Purdue (12-14, 5-8), which has lost three straight and five of six.
Purdue's A.J. Hammons, who scored 30 points in the previous meeting, mostly against Zeller, finished with six points on 3-for-10 shooting.
The Hoosiers won the first game 97-60 on Jan. 30 in West Lafayette. It was the biggest blowout in the series in more than 20 years, and the rematch was nearly as bad.
Indiana led by 12 at halftime. A putback dunk by Zeller pushed Indiana's lead to 46-31.
Hammons didn't score until he made a bucket with 13:35 remaining. A 3-pointer by Sheehey and a jumper by Maurice Creek pushed Indiana's lead to 70-44, and the Hoosiers led by 34 on two occasions in the second half.
Indiana took control immediately. Watford scored eight points in the first 3:34 to give Indiana an 8-2 lead.
Zeller got loose on a runout for a dunk to increase the Hoosiers' lead to 14-5 and force Purdue to call its second timeout before the five-minute mark.
Hulls made a 3-pointer and Purdue's Sandi Marcius was called for a foul on the play. On the extra possession, Sheehey scored to give Indiana a 19-8 lead.
Back-to-back threes by Watford and Hulls pushed the margin to 29-14, and the lead swelled to 19 points before Purdue closed the half strong. A layup and a jumper by Terone Johnson cut Indiana's lead to 33-20 and forced Indiana to call a 30-second timeout. Ronnie Johnson's bank shot cut Indiana's lead to 41-29 at the break.
Notes: This was the 200th meeting between the in-state rivals. Purdue leads the series 112-88. ... Purdue has never beaten a No. 1 team on the road. ... Hammons leads the Big Ten in blocks during conference play. ... Purdue's Rapheal Davis replaced Donnie Hale in the starting lineup. Hale had started the previous two games. Davis fouled out with four points in 17 minutes. Hale went scoreless in eight minutes. ... Purdue's D.J. Byrd fouled out with six points on 2-for-7 shooting.

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