No. 3 Indiana rolls past rival Purdue 97-60

No. 3 Indiana rolls past rival Purdue 97-60
January 30, 2013, 10:53 pm
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Indiana forward Cody Zeller, right, shoots over Purdue center A.J. Hammons during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Cody Zeller scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half, Christian Watford added 17 points and No. 3 Indiana routed rival Purdue 97-60 on Wednesday night to hand the Boilermakers their worst loss at Mackey Arena.

The Hoosiers (19-2, 7-1 Big Ten) have won four straight overall and five consecutive road games in league play, keeping a share of the conference lead. No. 1 Michigan also won Wednesday night, beating Northwestern 68-46, to set up a Saturday night showdown between the league leaders in Bloomington.

Purdue (11-10, 4-4) was led by freshman center A.J. Hammons, who had a career-high 30 points, but couldn't avoid a second straight home loss to the Hoosiers. The Boilermakers have lost only twice in their last six games.

Indiana took control early with a 9-0 run, then closed the first half on a 13-2 spurt to take a 47-27 halftime lead.