Purdue knocks off Indiana, 67-63

Yogi Ferrell had a 3-point attempt for the lead with 6 seconds to play but he couldn't connect and Purdue held on for a 67-63 victory Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

For the second time in three games, Yogi Ferrell had a 3-point attempt that could have given his team the victory.

He missed the attempt last week at Maryland when the Hoosiers fell 68-66.

And with Indiana trailing by two points in the closing seconds Thursday night against rival Purdue, Ferrell once again had his chance.

But once again, the shot, a 3-point attempt from the top of the key in transition with 6 seconds to play, was off target.

A.J. Hammons got the rebound and hit two free throws at the other end with 4.3 seconds to play and Purdue held on for a 67-63 victory over the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall.

Purdue (18-9, 10-4 Big Ten) has now won seven of its last eight games. Two of those seven victories in that stretch have come against Indiana.

The Hoosiers (18-9, 8-6) lost for just the second time this season at Assembly Hall and the first time in Big Ten play.

The loss to the Boilermakers just makes Sunday’s game at Big Ten cellar dweller Rutgers that much more important. IU plays at Rutgers Sunday at 5:15 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

Indiana led by two at the break but fell behind by as many as eight points in the second half. When Isaac Haas made two free throws with 7:25 to play, Purdue led 55-47.

But then the Hoosiers started making shots. And in fact, when Ferrell hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1:42 to play, the Hoosiers had taken a 61-60 lead.

Purdue came right back, however, on a driving shot by Rapheal Davis.

The Hoosiers had a chance to regain the lead on the next trip but Ferrell missed a short bank shot inside with 1:03 to play. Another drive by Davis make it 64-61 and then Ferrell cut the lead to 64-63 on a driving shot with 27.3 seconds to play.

Davis made one of two free throws with 15.7 seconds remaining and Ferrell rushed the ball up the court and then pulled up for a 3 with about 6 seconds to play.

Ferrell led the Hoosiers with 21 points and Troy Williams and James Blackmon Jr. each had 14 for IU. Hammons led Purdue with 20.

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