No. 9 Purdue 80, South Carolina 64
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Jaraan Cornell made a season-high five 3-pointers and scored 20 points as No. 9 Purdue won its eighth straight with an 80-64 victory over South Carolina in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday night.
The streak is the longest for the Boilermakers (12-1) since winning 11 straight at the end of the 1995-96 season. South Carolina (4-6) has lost four in a row.
Brian Cardinal added 16 points and Greg McQuay had 14 for Purdue, which used its pressing defense and inside strength to overcome a couple of early spurts and 52 percent shooting from the field by the Gamecocks.
BJ McKie had 14 points, and LeRon Williams and Herbert Lee Davis added 12 apiece to lead South Carolina, which hasn’t lost more than seven in a row since Eddie Fogler took over for the 1993-94 season.
Purdue, which fell behind by eight points in the opening minutes, took control with a 25-8 spurt that bridged the end of the first half and the start of the second half.
Trailing 31-29, Cardinal hit a jumper to ignite a 13-4 run to end the half. Nine of the points came from the Boilermakers’ reserves, with Gary McQuay scoring four and Carson Cunningham adding three in giving Purdue a 42-35 halftime lead.
Cornell hit two 3-pointers and Greg McQuay scored twice inside in the opening minutes of the second half to help build the lead to 54-39 with 16:04 to go. The Boilermakers also shot well, converting better than 51 percent from the field.
South Carolina, which shot only 23 percent in a 56-34 loss to East Carolina three days ago, never got closer than 10 points after that.