No. 10 Purdue 87, Austin Peay 65

BY foxsports • November 24, 2010

JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore did what they usually do.

It's the rest of the team that got Purdue coach Matt Painter excited.

Johnson had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Moore had 17 points, six rebounds and four steals to help No. 10 Purdue beat Austin Peay 87-65 on Tuesday night.

But the list of contributors went far beyond the team's biggest stars.

Ryne Smith scored 11 points and D.J. Byrd added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Boilermakers (4-0).

Lewis Jackson did not attempt a field goal, but he had nine assists despite playing with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. Freshman guard Terone Johnson had seven points and three assists in his first career start.

''I think we've got a lot of depth and it's going to be a different look each time out,'' Painter said. ''I thought we had a lot of guys step up.''

Jackson was injured in Sunday's win over Oakland. Painter said Jackson's effort was outstanding, and it would have been more impressive had his teammates finished shots close to the basket.

''He had nine assists, and he probably should have had four or five more,'' Painter said.

Jackson said his shoulder still hurts.

''We did a lot of icing and put a little protective padding on it,'' he said. ''I still felt a little pain, and they have me on medicine. It's bearable compared to that first game when I took that hit.''

Painter said Terone Johnson is a scorer who can break defenses down with his dribble, but his defense has helped him get on the floor.

''Terone's better so far defensively in games than he is in practice,'' Painter said. ''He plays hard, he's competitive and he wants to win. He's not thinking about anything else other than trying to win.''

Terone Johnson replaced Smith in the lineup, but Smith made 3 of 5 3-pointers and had three assists in 17 minutes. Painter called it Smith's best game of the season.

''I was proud of Ryne Smith,'' Painter said. ''He doesn't start and he doesn't pout, he goes out there and gets stuff done for us, and that's what we need.''

Tyshwan Edmondson scored 16 points and John Fraley added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Governors (2-3). Austin Peay shot 51 percent from the field, but Purdue scored 18 points off the Governors' 18 turnovers.

Fraley made a layup to give Austin Peay a 9-8 lead with just under 12 minutes left in the first half, and the Governors hung tough until Purdue's John Hart got going. He made a 3-pointer, then a layup after faking a behind-the-back pass to give Purdue a 32-24 lead.

JaJuan Johnson blocked a shot against the glass to trigger a fast break, and Moore dunked two-handed at the other end. On Purdue's next possession, JaJuan Johnson converted a three-point play with 2.3 seconds left in the half to give the Boilermakers a 38-30 advantage at the break.

Austin Peay shot 54 percent in the first half, but had eight turnovers. Jackson had seven assists for Purdue before the break.

Purdue came out ready in the second half. Byrd made a 3-pointer, then JaJuan Johnson scored from in close to give the Boilermakers a 43-30 lead. Austin Peay coach Dave Loos, worried about a Purdue runaway, called a timeout 44 seconds into the second half.

It didn't help. Moore got a steal and dunk, then a 3-pointer, to give Purdue a 58-36 lead. The Governors made a run to cut into Purdue's lead, but JaJuan Johnson rebounded a missed free throw, dunked it home and converted a 3-point play to give Purdue a 72-56 lead with 5:21 to play.

''It was big to start the second half off in that little run,'' JaJuan Johnson said. ''Anytime we do that, we get the crowd into it. That was huge to spread out the game a little bit.''

The crowd chanted for Painter to put seldom-used reserve Bubba Day into the game, and the crowd favorite dropped in a 3-pointer in the final minute to draw one of the loudest cheers of the night.

Painter said the offense was solid again - the Boilermakers are averaging 87 points per game. He said the defense, which started the season by holding Howard and Alcorn State below 30 percent shooting, is a work in progress.

''We're trying to get that defense right, and we're not there,'' Painter said. ''I think we can work toward that and be a good defensive team before it's all said and done.''


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