Ham­mons, Boil­ers win third straight

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EVANSTON, Ill. — AJ Ham­mons scored 16 points and grabbed nine re­bounds and Pur­due beat North­west­ern 68-60 on Satur­day.

Raphael Davis added 15 points and Jon Oc­teus had 14 points for the Boil­er­mak­ers (14-8, 6-3 Big Ten), who have won three straight.

Tre Demps and Bryant McIn­tosh scored 18 points apiece for the Wild­cats, who have lost seven straight.

Pur­due took con­trol of the game with a 21-4 run to turn a one-point half­time deficit into a 16-point lead in the sec­ond half.

North­west­ern (10-11, 1-7) re­mains win­less in 2015 with their lone con­fer­ence victory com­ing over Rut­gers on Dec. 30. The Wild­cats’ av­er­age mar­gin of de­feat in its last five games was 3.4 points, and they had lost their pre­vi­ous three by a to­tal of five points.

The Boil­er­mak­ers opened the sec­ond half on a 15-2 run for a 43-31 lead, its largest of the game. Af­ter Alex Olah scored his first points of the game with 18:38 re­main­ing to pull North­west­ern with 32-31, Pur­due scored the next 11 points.

Jeremiah Kreis­berg broke the Wild­cats’ score­less streak with a jumper with 15:06 re­main­ing, cut­ting the lead to 43-33. But North- west­ern’s Vic Law was called for goal­tend­ing on the next pos­ses­sion and Pur­due ex­tended its run to 21-4 for a 49-33 lead with 13:19 re­main­ing. Davis scored eight points and Ham­mons had six points dur­ing Pur­due’s run.

A Scot­tie Lind­sey dunk and an Olah layup pulled the Wild­cats within 55-48. Four free throws from Oc­teus and Ham­mons ex­tended Pur­due’s lead to 59-50 with 3:15 left. Oc­teus added a dunk for a 61-50 lead be­fore Demps hit a 3 and McIn­tosh made two free throws to cut the lead to 61-53 with 1:48 left. Davis’ two free throws put Pur­due ahead 63-55 with 1:11 re­main­ing and McIn­tosh missed a layup on the other end.

Pur­due shot 47 per­cent from the field to North­west­ern’s 42 per­cent. The Boil­er­mak­ers were 24 of 32 on free throws while the Wild­cats were 8 of 11. Isaac Haas added 10 points for Pur­due.

North­west­ern led 29-28 at half­time af­ter shoot­ing 43 per­cent from the field to Pur­due’s 45 per­cent. The Boil­er­mak­ers were just 9 of 14 at the free-throw line. McIn­tosh led the Wild­cats with eight points, and Ham­mons had eight for Pur­due. The Boil­er­mak­ers held the largest lead in the first half at four points while North­west­ern led by no more than three.

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