WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Rapheal Davis scored 16 of his 24 points in the first half to lead the Purdue Boilermakers to a 67-63 victory over No. 25 Iowa on Saturday.
Basil Smotherman and A.J. Hammons each scored 13 points for the Boilermakers (12-8, 4-3 Big Ten), who have won two of three.
Mike Gesell scored 18 points and Gabriel Olaseni finished with nine points and 16 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (13-7, 4-3).
Davis made the go-ahead 3-pointer to give Purdue a 65-63 lead with less than a minute remaining and the Boilermakers held on the rest of the way.
Gesell scored to give the Hawkeyes a 63-62 lead at the 1:18 mark before Purdue took the lead for good.
The Hawkeyes played much of the game without Aaron White, who left the game with a right shoulder injury in the first half.
White suffered the shoulder injury in a collision with Smotherman while going after a loose ball with 15:48 left in the first half.
He returned to the bench when he was knocked in the shoulder again a few minutes after returning to the game.
The Hawkeyes struggled to regain the lead in the second half. They got within three when Anthony Clemmons made a free throw to make it 48-45 midway through the second half.
Gesell scored 10 points in a row for Iowa, including a shot to make it 62-61 late in the game before he scored to take the lead.
But Davis wouldn’t go away.
Not much has been going Iowa’s way lately, starting with Tuesday’s 82-50 loss at Wisconsin on Tuesday.
And on Saturday, Purdue took advantage.
The Boilermakers went on a 9-0 run to take an 11-10 lead and, later, went on an 8-1 run to jump to a 30-20 lead when Smotherman scored on a breakaway dunk with 3:19 remaining in the opening half.
The Boilermakers led by as many as 12 when Davis scored to give Purdue a 32-20 lead late in the first half. He scored again just before halftime to put the Boilermakers ahead by 12 before Olaseni scored to make 34-24 at the break.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes entered the game as the Big Ten’s top offensive rebounding team with 12.7 per game. Iowa surpassed its average by halftime and totaled 15 offensive boards at the break and finished with 24 — the most since the Hawkeyes grabbed 18 against Hampton in the season opener.
Purdue: Kendall Stephens, who started 16 games this season, came off the bench after suffering a left pinkie injury in a 66-57 loss at Illinois on Wednesday. Stephens leads the Boilermakers in scoring and was a game-time decision. With the injury, Purdue used its sixth starting lineup of the season.
Iowa will host Wisconsin next Saturday.
Purdue will host rival Indiana on Wednesday.
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