CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -JaJuan Johnson scored 24 points Tuesday night and E'Twaun Moore added 16 to lead No. 13 Purdue past Illinois, 84-78.
The win ended a three-game losing streak that cost the Boilermakers a spot in the top 10.
Purdue (15-3, 3-3) trailed 32-28 at the half. But the Boilermakers opened the second half with a 15-4 run for a 43-36 lead and held on while the Illini charged back.
Illinois closed to within 81-78 with 22 seconds to play. But Robbie Hummel hit three free throws to ice the win.
Demetri McCamey scored 28 points to lead the Illini (12-7, 4-2).
Boilermakers were assessed an unusual technical foul in the first half because they played guard John Hart, who didn't appear in the official game book. Hart finished with 14 points.
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