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Purdue trails IU at half

BLOOMINGTON – Indiana took a 41-29 lead over Purdue into halftime Saturday at Assembly Hall.

No. 1 Indiana shot 50 percent from the floor (14 of 28) in the first half, while holding Purdue to 39.3 percent shooting (11 for 28). IU hit 6 of 12 three-pointers and turned 11 Purdue turnovers into 17 points.

Christian Watford leads Indiana with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including 3 for 4 on three-pointers.

But not everything was good for Indiana in the opening half.

Junior guard Victor Oladipo appeared to injure his left ankle with 46.7 seconds left in the half and limped to the locker room ahead of his teammates. Oladipo had three points, five rebounds and a block in the first half.

Watford sparked the quick start by scoring his team's first eight points – two three-pointers and a layup – as the Hoosiers went ahead 8-2 in the first 3 ½ minutes.

IU pushed its lead to 14-5 with 15:08 left in the half on a breakaway dunk by Cody Zeller, forcing Purdue coach Matt Painter to call his second timeout before the game was five minutes old.

Painter burned a third timeout with 8:03 left in the half after Watford and Jordan Hulls hit three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to give IU a 29-14 lead.

The Hoosiers pushed the lead to 33-14 with 7:06 left in the half, but Purdue scored the next six points as it tried to get back into the game by cutting its deficit to 33-20 with 4:25 left in the half.

But the Hoosiers kept the Boilermakers at bay for the rest of the half.

Terone Johnson has nine points for Purdue, and A.J. Hammons, who scored 30 in the first game against IU, was scoreless in the first half after only playing 10 minutes.

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