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Purdue routs Northwestern men’s basketball 74-43

Updated: February 24, 2013 10:02PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Northwestern’s offensive output wasn’t quite as anemic as in its last two games.

But the Wildcats didn’t exactly light up Purdue, either.

They shot 28.6 percent — and allowed 52.9 percent — in a 74-43 loss Sunday at Mackey Arena.

Northwestern (13-15, 4-11 Big Ten) lost its fifth game in a row and seventh in its last eight. The undermanned Wildcats’ only victory in that stretch came against Purdue in Evanston on Feb. 2. In that 75-60 victory, they shot a season-best 53.1 percent compared to 33.3 for the Boilermakers.

Purdue (13-14, 6-8) halted a run of three consecutive losses and five in six games.

The Boilermakers entered Sunday giving up 69.8 points in Big Ten games, the worst in the conference, and an average of 82.4 in their last five losses. But it wasn’t a tonic for Northwestern.

“It sort of snowballed,” said Wildcats coach Bill Carmody, whose team shot 8-for-28 in each half and 4-for-18 from three-point range. “I thought we ran some good stuff early, and it didn’t go.

“We were getting some looks, but we didn’t knock them down.”

Carmody was more concerned about NU’s defense than its offense. Purdue shot 27-for-51 from the field and 7-for-15 from three-point range, including 5-for-6 in the first half.

“We weren’t able to contain them,” Carmody said. “Terone Johnson [game-high 22 points] and his brother [Ronnie] just seemed to get in the lane almost at will.”

The Wildcats went 3-for-19 (15.8 percent) from the field to open the game, missing all five of their three-pointers, and fell behind 29-7. The Boilermakers’ lead never dropped below 15, and they pushed it to 35 in the middle of the second half.

Purdue had a 48-23 rebounding advantage.

‘‘Since we lost [Jared] Swopshire [to a season-ending knee injury], we just haven’t been able to figure it out, how to score and how to rebound,” Carmody said.

“The main thrust is you just have to compete harder.”

Tre Demps led the Wildcats with only nine points.

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