Purdue's late charge beats No. 11 Illinois 68-61

Updated: January 3, 2013, 12:33 AM ET
Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Illinois coach John Groce watched his team make big plays during the first half of the season.

On Wednesday night, they vanished.

The 11th-ranked Fighting Illini couldn't stop Terone Johnson inside, couldn't get in front of D.J. Byrd when he knocked down three 3-pointers during a key second-half run and couldn't keep Byrd away from a rebound off an errant free throw with 21 seconds left in the game.

So it was no surprise to Groce that Purdue hung on for ...

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