Morgantown, WV, United States (4E Sports) – Terone Johnson scored 20 points, buried three foul shots in the last 36 seconds and made a key defensive play to carry Purdue to a hard-earned 73-70 win over West Virginia in a non-conference game Sunday at WVU Coliseum.
After sinking a foul shot that gave the Boilermakers a three-point edge, Johnson deflected Eron Harris’ three-point try as the buzzer sounded to seal the win.
Terone’s young brother Ronnie added 14 points while Basil Smotherman added 11 as the Boilermakers improved to 10-3 overall and 2-3 away from the Mackey Arena this season.
The Boilermakers have now won seven of the eight all-time meetings against the Mountaineers, whose lone victory in the series came in 2011.
Purdue made 25 of 60 shots, including 7-of-18 from three-point range, for a decent 41.7 shooting and outrebounded West Virginia, 45-38.
Harris scored a game-high 24 points, hitting nine of 18 shots from the floor while freshman Devin Williams added 20 points and 12 rebounds and Juwan Staten contributed 14 for the Mountaineers (7-5).
West Virginia struggled from the floor, shooting 36.9 percent overall (24-of-65) including only 16.7 percent from three-point range
“When we go 3 for 18 from 3 we’re not going to beat good people,” said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. “We don’t rebound it well enough not to do that and we don’t have a guy that we can throw it inside to and know we are going to score.”
The Boilermakers took their biggest lead of the game at eight on a Bryson Scott jumper with 10:38 left but West Virginia fought back to make it a two-point game with 5:04 remaining on a Nathan Adrian lay-up.
Adrian’s lay-up turned out to be West Virginia’s last field goal until a Juwan Staten driving basket with 43 seconds left.
However, West Virginia was within striking distance, 71-68, after a three-pointer by Harris with 13 seconds left.
Rapheal Davis made just one of two foul shots before Staten scored on a lay-up to make it a two-point game, 72-70.
Johnson gave West Virginia one last chance to tie the game after splitting his foul shots with 4.3 seconds left. However, he made a key defensive stop on Harris to seal the victory.