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Purdue Holds Off West Virginia 73-70

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WVU could barely hit the broad side of a barn in this one, shooting only 36.9% from the field.

Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

A desperation three by Eron Harris at the buzzer was blocked by Terone Johnson and cold shooting WVU falls to Purdue, 73-70.

WVU was unable to shoot (37%) or rebound (38) the ball very well today against a Purdue team that was almost daring them to take threes. When they did shoot them, they mostly missed the mark, hitting only 3 of 18 from downtown.

Foul trouble kept Juwan Staten off the court for a large portion of the first half, yet the Mountaineers only trailed by two at the mid-point, 35-33. But the cold shooting and virtually non-existent rebounding were the major culprits in this loss, as shot after shot missed from point blank range and loose ball after loose ball made their way into the hands of the Boilermakers.

Harris led the Mountaineers with 24. Devin Williams had a season high of 20 and Staten had 14 as the only other Mountaineers in double figures.

West Virginia has another whole week off before taking on William & Mary on the road next Sunday (December 29) to round out non-conference play. Conference play begins on January 4 on the road at TCU.