March 13, 2009
Live blog from courtside at Conseco Fieldhouse for Game #7: Penn State vs. Purdue.
Tip-off at 8:54 p.m. EDT
1st, 19:59: We are underway in Friday's nightcap!
1st, 18:28, PUR 5, PSU 0: Purdue's Robbie Hummel opens the game with a 3 from the wing and a dunk off the turnover.
1st, 17:00, PUR 10, PSU 2: Forget Hummel. Chris Kramer just brought Conseco Fieldhouse to its feet as he stuffed a dunk to give the Boilers an 8-point lead.
1st, 15:54, PUR 12, PSU 2, MEDIA TIMEOUT: The Boilermakers are hot out of the gate. Purdue is 4-of-5 from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3-point land. Penn State is just 1-of-5 to start.
1st, 13:37, PUR 19, PSU 5, 30 SECOND TIMEOUT, Penn State: Nemanja Calsan hits two big 3-pointers to extend the Boiler lead to 14.
1st, 11:49, PUR 19, PSU 9, MEDIA TIMEOUT: Purdue is 7-of-10 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the perimeter. Penn State, however, has missed all four 3's it has taken and has made just two of its 10 attempts.
1st, 10:59, PUR 21, PSU 12: Penn State's Stanley Pringle just hit a 3 from the wing and is trying to get his Nittany Lions back in the game.
1st, 8:37, PUR 30, PSU 16, 30 SECOND TIMEOUT, Penn State: Ed DeChellis has seen enough and feels his Nittany Lions need a 30-second refresher. Purdue's Chris Kramer scored on a breakaway dunk to bring on the timeout.
1st, 7:55, PUR 30, PSU 16, MEDIA TIMEOUT: A bloody nose by Purdue's Bobby Riddell has brought out the media timeout. Riddell appeared to have taken an elbow to the nose.
1st, 5:27, PUR 41, PSU 21, 30 SECOND TIMEOUT, Penn State: Purdue is having a field day from beyond the arc. Five of its seven 3-pointers have found the twine, including back-to-back 3's that have forced another PSU 30-second T.O.
1st, 4:24, PUR 41, PSU 27: Penn State's Stanley Pringle has now answered with back-to-back 3-pointers of his own.
1st, 3:43, PUR 43, PSU 27, MEDIA TIMEOUT: Welcome to the 3-Point Contest here at Conseco. Purdue is leading the way with 8-of-11 from beyond the arc and Penn State is 4-of-10. They are chuckin' em from the cheap seats!
HALFTIME, PUR 51, PSU 35: We are back from a slight delay with the Internet connection. Purdue is up by 16 points at half. While we witness a Big Ten Burger eating contest at halftime (Yikes!), let's recap the first half. Purdue is shooting lights out -- 18-of-28 (64.3%) from the field, while Penn State is 12-of-25 (48%). The Boilermakers were more impressive from the perimeter, shooting 8-of-12 (75%). Perhaps the most astounding stat of the first half... Bench Points: Purdue 21, Penn State 0.
2nd, 19:44, PUR 51, PSU 37: Back underway in the second half. Penn State's Stanley Pringle opens with a pair of free throws to cut the Boiler lead to 14.
2nd, 15:14, PUR 60, PSU 44, MEDIA TIMEOUT: Purdue is still shooting at a 63% clip from the field and is one 3-point field goal away from entering the Big Ten Tournament Top 10 for perimeter shots made. It's BTT record for 3's is 11, set against Illinois in last year's BTT on March 14.
2nd, 13:04, PUR 66, PSU 44, MEDIA TIMEOUT: Well, Purdue's Robbie Hummel has done it. He just hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Boilermakers their 11th 3 of the game. That total ties the team high for a Big Ten Tournament game and leaves the Boilers two shy of the overall BTT record, which was set three times, once by Michigan (1998), Minnesota (2001) and Illinois (2002).
2nd, 11:18, PUR 66, PSU 47, MEDIA TIMEOUT: In addition to Purdue shooting extremely well this game, 63 percent, the Boilers have also been impressive handling the ball, committing only three turnovers. It shouldn't be a shock to many since Purdue ranked second in the league this season with a +3.39 turnover margin.
2nd, 8:13, PUR 77, PSU 55, INJURY: Purdue's Chris Kramer leaves the game with a right knee injury. He walked off the court with assistance.
2nd, 7:41, PUR 77, PSU 55, MEDIA TIMEOUT: In addition to the one 3-pointer Purdue needs to the tie the overall Big Ten Tournament record, the Boilermakers are currently one point ahead of their largest margin of victory. On March 7, 1998, Purdue defeated Illinois 68-47 and that 21-point margin as stood for 10 years. Will it hold up for an 11th year? Stay tuned.
2nd, 3:17, PUR 79, PSU 57, MEDIA TIMEOUT: Looking at the scoring leaders, Purdue's Robbie Hummel leads all players with 20 points, E'Twaun Moore and Keaton Grant have 15 each. Penn State is paced by Jamelle Cornley with 18 points, followed by Talor Battle with 15.
FINAL, PUR 79, PSU 65: Well, Purdue did not get that record 13th 3, but the Boilers didn't need it. They didn't win by their largest margin either, but they didn't have to. Purdue got the win and that's what counts. Hummel (PUR) and Cornley (PSU) shared scoring honors with 20 points each. The Boilermakers now move on to the semifinals to face Illinois on Saturday at approximately 4 p.m. Congratulations to the Nittany Lions. Penn State will now await word on an NCAA berth on Sunday. Good night from Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis!