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12/29/2012 4:27 PM EST
Purdue holds off pesky William & Mary 73-66
PURDUE 73, WILLIAM & MARY 66
By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Terone Johnson scored 16 points and
A.J. Hammons overcame a sore right knee to finish with 14 points
Saturday, leading Purdue past pesky William & Mary 73-66.
The Boilermakers (6-6) won their second straight to reach the
.500 mark before starting Big Ten play. They barely avoided a
fourth loss this season to a non-BCS conference school after an
11-day Christmas break.
William & Mary (7-4) was led by Marcus Thornton with 21 points
and Tim Rusthoven with 16 points and six rebounds. The Tribe
dropped to 1-5 all-time against Big Ten schools.
Purdue struggled to put the game away until a late surge. Each
time it looked like the Boilermakers were about to pull away,
the Tribe came right back.
But Jacob Lawson broke a 58-58 tie with a layup with 7:46 to go,
and the Boilermakers outscored William & Mary 13-8 the rest of
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