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Boiling Point


Notebook: Marcius provides scoring punch

Sandi Marcius had 11 points on 5 of 8 shooting in Purdue's 83-54 victory against Hofstra on Sunday.

"The guys were looking at me inside," he said. "It's just being at the right place at the right time and keeping it simple. I'm trying to keep doing that. It's paying off."

Marcius' career-high for scoring is 12 points, against Alcorn State on Nov. 17, 2010.

"I thought Sandi did a great job, really physical," Purdue coach Matt Painter said. "He posted up a couple of times strong. He went after rebounds, even ones he didn't get, I thought he gave a great effort."

Strong defense

Hofstra shot 34.5 percent from the floor. The Pride shot 23.8 (5 of 21) in the first half and trailed 42-17 at halftime.

"Give a lot of credit to Purdue. I think their defense is good. Their size and strength is really good. And we had some good looks that just didn't go in the basket.

"But that's credit to Purdue. It's a tough place to play."

One-two punch

Painter talked about guards Anthony Johnson and Ronnie Johnson. Anthony Johnson had a team-high 14 points and one assist. Ronnie Johnson had nine points, seven assists and six rebounds.

"Anthony has done a good job of finding people. He's done some things in the games that he hasn't done a lot in practices. He's starting to understand the more he finds people, the more it's going to help him and open up avenues for him to drive. I still ant him to score. In my opinion he's a combo guard, a lead guard.

"Ronnie is more of a point guard. He will score the ball, too. Ronnie has to learn when it's there and when it's not there and understand the flow of the game, too. … He has to learn to pick his spots. It will come in time."