During the three-game skid, the offense has lagged behind.
Ultimately, it was the turnovers and missed free throws that did Penn State in late in the contest. That freed up the Nittany Lion guards to defend ferociously on the perimeter and force the Boilers into a shooting slump.
The Boilermakers swung the game with effective offensive play that turned their 9-point deficit into an 11-point lead midway through the second half.
After dropping to Pittsburgh 5-2, this past weekend, the team is now 4-3 on the season. He scored 10 points in the final four minutes of the first half, but still the Boilers went into the locker room trailing, 36-32. We knew who our top rebounder was going to be. He left the game after that as an irate Purdue coach Matt Painter screamed at two officials there must have been a foul.
Purdue star Carsen Edwards was a huge part of that run, and he finished the game with 27 points.
The Boilermakers had built a five-point lead, 13-8, in the first five minutes, but the Nittany Lions roared back with a 10-2 run to go up 18-15. Watkins grabbed the rebound and was fouled.
Penn State wasn't done, though, and began closing the gap. 6 Purdue behind him Monday morning, turning his focus to Penn State's next game against No. 17 MI (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bryce Jordan Center.
With just over a minute left, Dakota Mathias came off a curl screen and hit a 3-pointer from the wing to give Purdue a four-point lead.
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Vince Edwards struggled mightily in recent losses to Ohio State and Michigan State, while both Penn State and Wisconsin have held Haas to just seven shot attempts in each of the past two games. And at times, for the Nittany Lions it's all three with those nuts from Columbus.
The game wasn't finally decided until the closing seconds.
Senior power forward Vincent Edwards sprained his left ankle. He missed the first and made the second. Purdue vs Penn State tv channel is on BTN stream.
The losses piled have up for Purdue - three in a row on the Boilers' record.
The Bishop Dwenger High alum made the first basket of the game for the Boilermakers and his impact never ceased throughout the rest of the evening.
Junior forward Grady Eifert started in place of Vincent Edwards.
Shep Garner made his presence felt throughout tonight's game, draining several clutch three-pointers for Penn State.
Add in the last two Penn State-Ohio State football games, for Nittany Lion better (Haley's scoop-and-score comet) and worse (J.T.'s 13-for-13, 3-TD fourth quarter in The Unlucky Horseshoe), and you have a rivalry that the "Team Up North" may be wishing for. Purdue avoids its first four-game losing streak since it lost seven straight to end the 2013-2014 season. Carr scored 30 points in Penn State's win over Ohio State last week and had with 19 points, five assists and five rebounds against Purdue. The Boilers shot 55.6 percent in the second half. They were able to quiet the crowd countless times by shooting 50% from free, but the Boilermakers prevailed.