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Johnson's last second bucket pushes Purdue past Penn State

Jan 20, 2011 - 5:24 AM West Lafayette, IN (Sports Network) - JaJuan Johnson's jumper with 3.4 seconds left in regulation lifted 14th-ranked Purdue to a 63-62 victory over Penn State at Mackey Arena.

David Jackson had drained a three-pointer to give the Nittany Lions a 62-61 lead with 19.3 seconds remaining. Following a series of timeouts, Johnson took the inbounds pass from Ryne Smith and converted the go-head bucket from just inside the arc.

Penn State had one last chance to pull out the victory, but Purdue's Lewis Jackson stole the inbounds pass.

"Our guys did a good job of executing," said Purdue head coach Matt Painter about the game-winning shot.

Johnson finished with 25 points and E'Twaun Moore scored 16 with five assists for the Boilermakers (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten), who narrowly avoided a third straight loss.

Jeff Brooks logged 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Penn State (10-8, 3-4), which was playing its fifth consecutive game against a ranked opponent. Talor Battle netted 14 points in defeat.

Purdue scored 10 of the game's first 12 points and D.J. Byrd nailed a three- pointer to put the Boilermakers up 26-12 with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the opening frame.

Penn State chipped away at its deficit, closing to within 34-28 at halftime on Brooks' putback of a Battle miss. Following the break, Andrew Jones hit a jumper to give the Nittany Lions a 37-34 lead, capping a 15-0 surge.

It remained a one-possession game until Purdue went up 52-47 on a Kelsey Barlow dunk with 6:28 to play. Johnson made four free throws sandwiched around a Battle trey to give the home team a 56-50 advantage. Penn State responded with seven straight points to set up the wild finish.

Game Notes

Purdue improved to 10-0 at home this season...The Boilermakers committed just three turnovers...Penn State shot 52 percent from the floor, while Purdue made 44 percent of its shots...The Boilermakers hold a 26-10 advantage in the all- time series.