Hammons helps No. 14 Purdue rally past Vanderbilt

Purdue guard Kendall Stephens, right, and guard Johnny Hill (1) go to the floor for a loose ball with Vanderbilt guard Wade Baldwin IV, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. Purdue defeated Vanderbilt 68-55. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A.J. Hammons had 21 points and 10 rebounds as No. 14 Purdue rallied to defeat Vanderbilt 68-55 on Tuesday night.

Rapheal Davis added 14 points and Caleb Swanigan had 13 for the Boilermakers (12-1), who extended their Mackey Arena winning streak to 15 games.

Wade Baldwin scored 13 points and Jeff Roberson added 12 for Vanderbilt (7-4), coached by former Purdue guard and assistant coach Kevin Stallings.

Two Hammons free throws with 4:05 to play gave Purdue a 51-42 lead, capping a 22-8 run that included a 3-pointer from Ryan Cline and nine points from Hammons.

Purdue finally got untracked with 11:42 remaining, beginning a 10-0 run that included eight points from its big men, four from Isaac Haas and two each from Swanigan and Hammons to seize a 39-34 advantage with 8:53 to play.

The Commodores led 30-27 with 15:49 remaining after the teams traded baskets to begin the second half. A field goal from Matthew Fisher-Davis with 14:01 to play gave Vanderbilt a 34-29 lead with 12:31 to go.

Vanderbilt took a 26-23 halftime lead, outscoring Purdue 7-2 during the final 3:24, including a 3-pointer from Roberson.

 

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