BLOOMINGTON – Purdue's struggles continued in Saturday's 83-55 loss to No. Indiana (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten) at Assembly Hall.
The Boilermakers (12-14, 5-8) have lost five of their last six games, and all five loses have been by double digits.
"There's no doubt you're frustrated, we just have to do a better job of maintaining that consistent effort," coach Matt Painter said. "Sometimes it's just a breakdown, sometimes it is effort, it's a little bit of everything. Then when you don't consistently shoot the basketball, when you do get a good shot and you don't knock it down. If you look at the four guys that started for us that shot the most – 2 for 7 (D.J. Byrd), 3 for 10 (A.J. Hammons), 5 for 12 (Terone Johnson), 2 for 8 (Ronnie Johnson). – we had some good looks especially inside; we have to convert some of those.
"It gets very frustrating for them, and it makes it worse. You throw on top of that you're playing the best team in the country. It's a recipe for disaster."
Hammons scored 30 points for Purdue in its first meeting with IU this season, but the freshman wasn't allowed to go off Saturday.
The 7-foot center was limited to six points as Hoosiers forward Christian Watford guarded him most of the game.
"That's what I talked about in the first game, he scored a lot of points in the first game against Indiana after the game, score when it counts," Painter said. "We need him to be able to start games and establish that low-post presence."
- Terone Johnson and Anthony Johnson were the only Boilermakers to reach double figures in scoring. Each scored 11.
- Rapheal Davis, a Fort Wayne native, returned to Purdue's starting lineup in place of Donnie Hale. Davis went 2 for 3 from the floor and finished with four points before fouling out.
- Purdue went 4 for 11 on three-pointers
"I don't think they are that far off. I really don't. They are a talented. They are just young. … (Painter is) just too good a coach for them not to be where they need to be moving."
– Indiana coach Tom Crean