In a first half that saw seven different scorers for the Nittany Lions, Penn State looked confident and owns a 25-24 lead at the break over Purdue.
The Lions (8-13, 0-9 Big Ten) are looking to snap a winless drought in conference play against a middle-of-the-pack Boilermakers squad (11-11, 4-5 Big Ten).
Despite exiting the half early with three personal fouls, Lions’ big man Sasa Borovnjak leads the team in scoring with six points. Borovnjak has looked comfortable with the ball on the block, sinking a couple turnaround shots over Purdue’s 7-foot center A.J. Hammons.
Hammons, who scored 49 points combined in the Boilermakers’ last two games, was held to six points on just 1-of-4 shooting from the field.
Penn State guard D.J. Newbill – the team’s leading scorer with 15.7 points per game – has two points and took only two shots, but was fluid at the point with six assists.
The Lions also hold the edge on the glass, outrebounding Purdue 21 to 18. The Boilermakers lead the conference in rebounds per game (40.5), while Penn State ranks ninth.
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