Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Boilers Battle Back for OT Win ; Michigan Tops Illini, May Be New No. 1

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Boilers Battle Back for OT Win ; Michigan Tops Illini, May Be New No. 1

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If nothing else, the Purdue Boilermakers have a little more confidence. Even if Sunday's win wasn't pretty. The Boilermakers led most of the way against Iowa before trailing late, then forcing overtime.

Terone Johnson had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Ronnie Johnson scored 15 to lead Purdue to a 65-62 victory over Iowa.

"I think a lot of guys have grown up from putting their heads down," Terone Johnson said. "We went on a run in the first half and second half where we could have put them away, but they kept coming back and ended up taking a lead at the end."

Donnie Hale had 12 points and five rebounds and D. J. Byrd had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Boilermakers (11-9, 4-3 Big Ten), who have won four of their last five.

Mike Gesell had 18 points to lead the Hawkeyes. Roy Devyn Marble, Aaron White and Melsahn Basabe each scored 12 points for Iowa (13- 7, 2-5). Basabe also had eight rebounds.

Purdue never trailed in overtime. Ronnie Johnson scored the go- ahead basket with 1:27 left in overtime to make it 61-59. The Hawkeyes missed two free throws and two field goals and Byrd extended the lead to 63-59 with two free throws with 30 seconds left.

Terone Johnson scored with 33 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 54 and force overtime.

The Hawkeyes took their first lead of the game when White was fouled on a dunk. He completed the three-point play with 2:57 left to put the Hawkeyes up 51-50. The Boilermakers missed a shot and White scored again to make it 53-50.

Hale scored on a putback to get Purdue within one, and Marble's free throw with 47 seconds left put Iowa up 54-52.

"The first half was kind of ugly, nobody really hit shots, both of us shot low percentages, so we just kind of had to keep with the game," Byrd said. Purdue led 19-16 at halftime.

"When they took that lead in the second half, I just kept saying, 'It's not over, there's still time left, whether we have to do this in overtime or whatever."'

Michigan 74, Illinois 60: Trey Burke scored 19 points and No. …

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