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Robbie Hummel hit a baseline jumper with 12 seconds to play as Purdue claimed a 58-56 victory over Northwestern on Saturday.
Hummel took a feed from Lewis Jackson and fired a 15-footer to break a 56-56 tie. A potential game-winning 3-pointer by Wildcats forward John Shurna bounced off the glass at the buzzer.
Terone Johnson scored 14 points, D.J. Byrd had 12 and Hummel added 11 as the Boilermakers (15-7, 5-4 Big Ten) snapped a two-game losing streak.
Drew Crawford scored a game-high 23 points for the Wildcats (12-8, 2-6), while Shurna added 15.
The loss was the third straight for Northwestern.
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Northwestern fans have seen this movie before. The Wildcats were unable to pull out a win in the final minute of Saturday’s game with Purdue. Robbie Hummel’s floating two-pointer would give the Boilermakers a 58-56 win over the Wildcats—a bad blow to NU’s tournament résumé.
In Tuesday’s 66-64 loss to Michigan, Purdue senior Robbie Hummel missed a big shot at the end of the game to send the Boilermakers to their second straight loss and third in the past four games.
(Guest post from Kevin Trahan)
On Saturday, he made sure he didn’t repeat that performance, sinking Northwestern with a tough floater with 8.1 seconds left en route to a 58-56 win.
In our latest NCAA Tournament projection we have the Purdue Boilermakers as an #11 seed in the West Regional, out in Albuquerque. In other words, just a line or two above bubble status. And since February is pretty much here- time to think about who needs to shore up the old resume for selection time come March.
And given how dreadful the Boilers have been at Conseco Fieldhouse...
Big Ten Efficiency Margins – January 30th, 2012