Purdue beat Penn State today at University Park to end its road losing streak of 29 games. The 69-59 win over the Lions in front of an announced crowd of 9,151 (can you say neutral site?) in the Bryce Jordan Center marked the Boilermakers' first road win since Feb. 21, 2004, when Gene Keady's Boilermakers beat Minnesota 65-47 in Williams Arena. Melvin Buckley was the leading scorer in that game, remember him?
After being up only 5 at half, the Boilers broke it open in the second half behind stellar play from Carl Landry and a stifling defense. Despite his muscles, tattoos, and chest pounding, Jemalle Cornley (2005 Big Ten freshman of the year) couldn't do a damn thing on defense to slow Landry, who finished with 26 points. The play of the game came with Purdue up only 6 with 5 minutes to go in the second half. As the Lions were looking to cut it to a 4 point game, Chris Kramer had other ides as he stole the ball and was fouled intentionally on the other end. A nice 6 point swing.
This win not only gets the road win monkey off Purdue's back, but also bolsters its NCAA tournament resume. Anytime you can get a conference win on the road, it will certainly help your case come March. Speaking of NCAA tournament resumes, Purdue's non conference wins are starting to look more and more impressive as the season wears on. Virginia upset Duke this week and now sits at the top of the ACC at 6-2.