Purdue clicks in first half

March, 21, 2009
03/21/09
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Purdue is shooting well and rebounding well. Good things tend to happen when teams do that.

Washington, meanwhile, is doing neither.

This combination explains why the Boilermakers lead 39-28 at the break, a dunk from JaJuan Johnson right before the buzzer sending Purdue to the locker room feeling pretty good about itself.

The Huskies hit just 3 of their first 14 shots, while Purdue connected on 5 of its first 9 3-pointers and had an 18-11 advantage on the boards as the Boilermakers' lead grew to as big as 14.

At the half, the rebounding advantage was 20-15. The Huskies ranked fourth in the nation in rebounding margin this season -- plus-8.4 -- while the Boilermakers were in negative numbers.

Part of that might be because the officials are letting the action go inside. Typically, the Huskies get a lot of free throws, but they only shot six in the first half.

Ted Miller | email

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