Ronnie Johnson scored 16 points to help Purdue defeat Rider 81-77 on Sunday night. Terone Johnson scored 14 points, Sterling Carter had 13 points and four steals and Bryson Scott added 11 points for the Boilermakers, now 3-0 on the season.
Center A.J. Hammons scored just one point in 12 minutes and was plagued by foul trouble.
Anthony Myles scored 19 points, Daniel Stewart scored 16, Jimmie Taylor had 13 and Zedric Sadler added 11 for the Broncs. Purdue shot 51 percent from the field but made just 16 of 31 free throws.
Rider made 24 of 31 free throws to stay in the game. Myles hit a 3-pointer with 38.8 seconds left to cut what had been a seven-point Purdue lead a minute earlier to 77-75.
Carter made two free throws, then Ronnie Johnson had a steal and layup to push Purdue's lead to 81-75 with 20.3 seconds to play.
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