Illinois owned the lead at halftime Wednesday, and they owned an edge on the boards over Purdue that helped the Illini get there. All that changed over the next 20 minutes.
D.J. Richardson scored 18 points and Illinois opened up a big first-half lead that buried Purdue 79-59 on Wednesday night.
Purdue figured out how to slow the pace — and still score a little, too, Wednesday night.
Robbie Hummel scored 19 points and three other Boilermakers scored in double figures Wednesday night, helping Purdue hold off struggling Illinois 67-62.
Robbie Hummel hit a baseline jumper with 12 seconds to play as Purdue claimed a 58-56 victory over Northwestern on Saturday.
Robbie Hummel didn’t have to do his usual damage for Purdue to overwhelm Illinois.