Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Fall to Purdue, 60-42
Rapid Recap: Purdue 60, Penn State 42
Player of The Game: Purdue' A.J. Hammons pulled down 10 rebounds and was second on the team in scoring with 12 points. When he wasn't grabbing boards he was causing Penn State players to adjust shots and forcing them into turnovers. He finished with five blocks.
Stat of The Game: Penn State shot 15-for-58 from the field (25.9 percent) on the game and only one player made it to double figures (freshman Brandon Taylor). Jermaine Marshall, DJ Newbill and Ross Travis went 8-for-32 from the field.
Turning Point: With 14:41 to go in the game, Penn State had cut the lead down to only six at 32-26. Purdue was able to push the lead back to nine over the next three minutes, and a D.J. Byrd 3-pointer at the 11:11 mark made the score 40-28. Penn State was never able to bring the game within reach again.
What it Means: Penn State falls to 0-4 in conference play. Purdue improves to 2-2 on the year.
On Deck: Penn State will host Michigan State on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.
Halftime Update: Purdue 30, Penn State 22
Brandon Taylor's 55-foot buzzer beater brought the Purdue lead down to only eight as the first half expired in West Lafayette, Ind. on Sunday afternoon.
Penn State shot 26 percent, going 8-for-30 from the field in the opening 20 minutes, and was led by Taylor's 11 points. Jermaine Marshall went for six points and three rebounds in the opening stanza despite picking up two fouls.
The Nittany Lions switched up the usual rotation off the bench as 10 different players saw action for Penn State, including guard Akosa Maduegbunam and forward Pat Ackerman.
Sasa Borovnjak had a career-high four steals, and Taylor registered a career-high 11 shot attempts in the first half.
The Boilermakers were led by Rapheal Davis' seven points. Purdue out-rebounded the Nittany Lions, 17-13 but gave up seven offensive boards to Penn State.