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    Slow Start Burns Northwestern at Purdue

    Reggie Hearn and the Wildcats return home Thursday to take on Ohio State.

    Reggie Hearn and the Wildcats return home Thursday to take on Ohio State.

    Feb. 24, 2013

    Box Score

    Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Mackey Arena)
    Score: Purdue 74, Northwestern 43
    Records: NU (13-15, 4-11 Big Ten), Purdue (13-14, 6-8 Big Ten)
    Next NU Event: Thursday, Feb. 28 - vs. Ohio State (Welsh-Ryan Arena), 6 p.m.
    Tickets: Available at or by calling 88-GO-PURPLE

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Northwestern was unable to shake off another slow start as it fell behind early and couldn't recover in a 74-43 loss to Purdue at Mackey Arena Sunday evening.

    Tre Demps led the Wildcats with 9 points while Reggie Hearn added 8 points and 6 rebounds, while Terone Johnson 22 points to lead the Boilermakers.

    The start of the contest was a complete turnaround from the first meeting between the teams on Feb. 2 when NU opened the game on a 12-0 run. This time it was Purdue that got off to the hot start as it led 14-3 out of the gates.

    Johnson had the hot hand early on, scoring nine points over the opening eight minutes of play. As a team, the Boilermakers made eight of their first 12 field goal attempts while the Wildcats connected on only three of their first 19 as the hosts' lead eventually ballooned to 29-7 by the midway point of the opening half.

    Northwestern would finally get its offense going as Hearn capped an 8-1 run with two free throws trimmed seven points off the deficit and got the visitors within 37-22 with 2:40 remaining in the opening stanza.

    Johnson answered the surge with a 3-pointer, but Mike Turner hit from deep with six seconds left in the half to get NU within 40-25 at the break.

    Northwestern opened the second half by getting a pair of open looks from beyond the arch that would have made it a 12-point game, but they couldn't connect and Johnson connected from deep on the other end.

    The basket ignited an 18-6 run to open the period as the Boilermakers pushed their lead back out and the Wildcats were unable to recover.



    Northwestern returns to action on at 6 p.m. Thursday as it hosts Ohio State at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tickets are available at or by calling 88-GO-PURPLE.


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