• Purdue survives scare from Iona in Puerto Rico

    November 18, 2011 No comments

    Robbie Hummel’s 3-pointer with 20.9 seconds left lifted Purdue to a 91-90 victory over Iona on Thursday in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-off.

    The Boilermakers (3-0), who improved to 3-0 all-time in the invitational tournament, will take on Temple this afternoon at 1 p.m. ET in a semifinal matchup. The Owls defeated Western Michigan, 69-55, earlier in the day.

    Hummel, a senior forward, finished with a game-high 24 points and nine rebounds and Lewis Jackson added 17 for the Boilermakers, who are off to their fifth straight 3-0 start.

    Lamont Jones hit a runner in the lane with 33.6 seconds left to give Iona a 90-88 lead, but Hummel responded on the ensuing possession with a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

    Iona (0-1) had a chance to re-take the lead on the next possession but turned the ball over underneath the basket. Then, after Purdue’s Ryne Smith missed a pair of free throw attempts with 3 seconds left, the Gaels had a chance at a half-court heave for the win.

    But it missed.

    Jones finished with a team-high 17 points for Iona, the favorite to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

    Four players finished in double figures for the Boilermakers, including Kelsey Barlow, who had 8 of his 14 points in the first half for the Boilermakers, who improved to 25-16 on neutral courts under head coach Matt Painter.

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