No. 8 Purdue 87, Tenn.-Martin 56
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ Purdue’s Jaraan Cornell broke out of a slump at the perfect time for No. 8 Purdue.
After scoring only 17 points total in his three previous games, Cornell had a career-high 25 points Friday night as Purdue beat Tennessee-Martin 87-56 in the first round of the Boilermaker Invitational.
``He broke loose,″ Boilermakers coach Gene Keady said. ``He really broke the game open for us. Once he got hot, they couldn’t keep up with him. Hopefully, his performance will help his confidence.″
Purdue (7-2) advanced to the championship game against the University of San Francisco, an 85-56 winner over Idaho State. Purdue has won six of the seven tournament titles, losing only to Wisconsin-Green Bay in 1991.
With center Brad Miller nursing an elbow injury, Purdue relied on an outside punch from Cornell and Chad Austin, who also had 25 points.
Cornell was 10-for-16 from the field, including a 3-for-4 mark from 3-point range. Austin was 10-for-14, and 2-for-3 on 3-pointers.
``They were shooting the ball great,″ Tennessee-Martin coach Cal Luther said. ``We knew they were great players, but we didn’t expect them to shoot that well. We were over-matched. They’re just too big and skilled for us.″
Jason Ohlsen led the Skyhawks (3-4) with 15 points, and Hamp Harper and Joe Crumby each had 13.
Zerrick Campbell led San Francisco (6-1) with 20 points, and Ra’oof Sadat had 14. Chadd Sukat led Idaho State (2-4) with 14 points.