The Purdue Boilermakers, led by JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore, tore through Michigan State, 67-47. It was the sixth straight victory for the Boilermakers and their second victory against the Spartans this season, the first coming in Mackey Arena.
JaJuan Johnson came out in the first half and just took control. At the half, Johnson already had 13 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. He finished the game with 20 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks in what was a dominant performance both on the offensive and defense end for Johnson.
Johnson's primary defensive assignments were Draymond Green and Delvon Roe, who the Boilermakers held to a combined nine points.
In the game at Mackey Arena in January, Roe and Green combined for 37 points against the Boilermakers.
This was the major difference in the two games and the reason why the Boilermakers were able to go into the Breslin Center and blow out the Spartans.
Kalin Lucas played well for the Spartans with 23 points, but it just was not enough to slow down the Boilermakers.
Along with Johnson, the Boilermakers were led by E'Twaun Moore and Lewis Jackson.
Moore played well—as he usually does against Michigan State—and scored 17 points, shooting just under 50 percent from the field. He slashed and dashed, and even knocked down a three-pointer.
Lewis Jackson was one of the major difference makers in both games against the Spartans. In the latest matchup, Jackson scored 16 points and had seven assists while only allowing two turnovers under his watch.
With this great road victory, the Boilermakers go to 24-5 overall and 13-3 in the Big Ten, one game behind the Ohio State Buckeyes.
If the Boilermakers continue playing to the level they are playing at right now, they will be able to secure a No. 1 seed for the tournament, but there is a lot of basketball to be played before then.
The next matchup should be an emotional one for the Boilermakers, as JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore will play their last game in Mackey Arena on Tuesday against Illinois.