Johnson brothers come up big late in Purdue win
By Michael Osipoff 648-3137 or firstname.lastname@example.org January 27, 2013 11:32PM
Purdue guard Ronnie Johnson, right, gets tied up with Iowa guard Anthony Clemmons in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Updated: March 1, 2013 7:20PM
WEST LAFAYETTE — Earlier in the season, perhaps this game was one Purdue would have lost.
But on Sunday against Iowa, the Boilermakers escaped with a 65-62 overtime win at Mackey Arena. They squandered an 11-point lead with eight minutes left in the second half, got the tying basket from Terone Johnson with a half-minute left, avoided the Hawkeyes scoring the winning basket at the end of regulation, then went ahead for good on Ronnie Johnson’s basket with a minute-and-a-half left in OT.
“A lot of guys have grown up from putting their heads down, and staying the course of the game,” Terone Johnson said. “We went on runs first half, second half, where we could’ve put them away, but they kept coming back and they ended up taking the lead at the end. But there was always somebody either on the bench or in the game saying, don’t put your heads down, let’s go, keep playing. That energy went into overtime and that’s what got us the win.”
Ronnie Johnson scored with 1:29 left in OT to snap a 59-59 tie, giving Purdue (11-9, 4-3 Big Ten) a lead it would not relinquish. After Aaron White missed two free throws for Iowa (13-7, 2-5), Terone missed a shot, the 6-foot-6 Roy Devyn Marble missed a shot with the 6-0 Ronnie on him, and D.J. Byrd made two free throws with 30.1 seconds left to give the Boilermakers a 63-59 edge.
“When you get to overtime, you don’t know how guys will react,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “The one thing you want to do is be able to get a stop, be able to get a score and build off that. We were able to score first (Ronnie’s basket with 40 seconds elapsed), and that helped us. Just hang in there and grind.”
Terone had scored with 33.3 seconds left in the second half to tie the score at 54-54. Marble then missed a shot in the waning seconds, before Melsahn Basabe nearly tapped in the rebound as time expired.
“It’s good for all our guys, being able to come out, down two, and execute a play that Coach drew up in the huddle (after calling a timeout with 42.4 seconds left),” Byrd said of Terone’s tying basket.
“That’s big for us, just being able to do that, and not get off course, keep our poise, and really execute offensively. That’s what we did to tie it up, and then we got a stop there that was crucial at the end. It comes with a little bit of luck, too, because they didn’t get that tip-in.”
Said Terone: “The last bucket to tie the game up, I have to credit that to Coach Painter. He drew up a great play where we set up a double ball-screen at the top of the zone. We had Big A.J. (Hammons) blast inside, so it ended up being an easy layup for me, with nobody in my face.”
The Boilermakers appeared to have gained control of the game, having reeled off seven straight points to grab a 45-34 lead with 8:00 left in the second half. But the Hawkeyes came all the way back, taking their first lead of the game, 51-50, when White completed a three-point play with 2:57 left. He added a basket to make it 53-50, before Donnie Hale — who provided a big lift off the bench for Purdue — scored on a tip-in with 1:49 left. Marble made the first of two free throws with 47.5 seconds left to set the stage for the regulation-ending sequence.
“It was good to see them bounce back,” Painter said. “I don’t know if we can use the word composure, because I thought we lost our composure in the second half, especially late in the game. … But it was good to seem them bounce back and hang in there, and make enough plays to win.
“We haven’t had too many games like this. When games have gotten close and you had to tough it out, we haven’t had a lot of wins in these type of games. It was good to see that. Hopefully we can build some confidence.”
Terone Johnson had 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in a career-high 44 minutes. Ronnie Johnson matched his career high with 15 points. Hale had 12 points and five rebounds in a career-high 29 minutes. Byrd had 10 points and seven rebounds in 39 minutes, matching a career high. And, after his poor game at Michigan, Hammons had seven points, 10 rebounds (matching his career high, after he had a career-low two against the Wolverines) and three blocked shots, before fouling out with 1:59 left in OT, having been limited in the second half.
Mike Gesell led the Hawkeyes with 18 points; and Basabe was one of three players to add 12, to go along with eight rebounds and three blocks.
Both teams, especially Iowa, shot horrendously in the first half, as Purdue led 19-16 at halftime. The Hawkeyes went 4-of-26 (15.4 percent) — having been 0-of-6, 1-of-13 and 3-of-23 at various points — and the Boilermakers 9-of-31 (29.0 percent).
“The first half was as strange a half as I’ve been involved with, in terms of our inability to get anything going,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.