Purdue’s Hummel scores 21 in return

Robbie Hummel scored 21 points to help Purdue defeat Northern

Illinois 96-34 Friday night in the season opener for both

teams.

It was Hummel’s first regular-season game since he tore the ACL

in his right knee in February 2010. He made 5 of 7 three-pointers

in 20 minutes as Purdue rolled to the third-largest margin of

victory in school history and the largest since 1911. It also was

Purdue’s 18th straight home win.

Purdue rededicated Mackey Arena during the first regular-season

game since the facility was updated as part of a $100 million

renovation project. It also was the first game on the new floor,

which was replaced after flooding during the offseason.

Purdue forced 28 turnovers and held the Huskies to 25 percent

shooting.

Tim Toler scored 11 points for Northern Illinois in coach Mark

Montgomery’s debut at the school.