Terone Johnson had 14 points and five rebounds to lead Purdue to a 65-64 win over Penn State on Saturday night.
Kendall Stephens and Basil Smotherman each scored 12 points for the Boilermakers (13-5, 3-2 Big Ten), who have won three straight Big Ten games for the first time since February 2012.
Tim Frazier had 19 points and 10 rebounds and D.J. Newbill added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (9-10, 0-6), who have lost six straight, all in league play.
Terone Johnson scored a 3-pointer with 7 seconds remaining to tie the game at 64 and Ronnie Johnson broke up Penn State’s inbounds pass before A.J. Hammons made a free throw with a second remaining to capture the win.
Penn State looked like they had the game sealed.
Newbill was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 1:25 remaining and made 2 of 3 free throws to give the Nittany Lions a 60-57 lead.
Hammons missed two free throws with the chance to get Purdue within a point and later split a pair to make it 60-58.
Penn State missed a 3-pointer and Smotherman was fouled on the rebound. He made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 60-59 with 27 seconds remaining.
But then Brandon Taylor made two free throws to extend the lead again, 62-59, with 26 seconds left.
Terone Johnson made a layup with 18 seconds left to get Purdue within 62-61. Two free throws by Newbill with 16 seconds got Penn State back up by three at 64-61 before Terone Johnson’s 3-pointer tied the game and Hammonds won it with his free throw.
Frazier made a free throw early in the second half before Smotherman and Bryson Scott scored to give Purdue a 39-34 lead.
But the Boilermakers couldn’t break away.
Newbill hit a 3-pointer to make it 39-37 with 15:53 remaining and later Newbill drove to the basket to tie the game at 39. Ross Travis scored to give the Nittany Lions a 41-39 lead with 12:28 left to play.
Stephens hit a 3-pointer to regain the lead and Errick Peck scored to make it 44-41 midway through the second half.
In the first half, Purdue hit five shots from behind the arc in the first half – Stephens made three of them.
He made one early in the game to give Purdue a 7-3 lead after Donovan Jack made a 3-pointer to put Penn State within a point.
Purdue’s Jay Simpson scored on a putback before Penn State’s Brandon Taylor hit a 3 to make it 9-6. Stephens answered with another 3-pointer give Purdue a 12-6 lead.
Stephens later made another 3 to give Purdue an 18-9 lead with 11:25 left in the first half before the Nittany Lions made a run to tie the game.
Penn State scored six 3-pointers in the first half.
The long shots helped the Nittany Lions stay close with the Boilermakers until Frazier scored a layup to tie the game at 26 with 3:56 remaining in the first half.
Frazier’s shot capped off a 9-0 run by the Nittany Lions. Travis and Newbill scored baskets and Donovon Jack made a 3-pointer.
Penn State took lead the lead when Frazier made two free throws with 2:05 left in the half to put the Nittany Lions up 29-28 lead.