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November 24, 2013

Johnson reaches 1,000; Siena notes

Terone Johnson got the ball on the wing, took a couple dribbles to get into the paint and pulled up. Then he released his trademark shot, a right-handed floater.

The shot swished in, giving him 15 points against Siena on Sunday but, more importantly, pushing him to 1,000 during his Purdue career.

"Obviously, it's a good accomplishment for me, for being here for four years," Johnson said after the 81-73 victory.

Johnson started quickly, scoring seven of Purdue's first nine points. But he wasn't as aggressive offensively in the second half, scoring a basket within the first 90 seconds but then not taking another shot until the 7:18 mark. Johnson was fouled on that and made one of two free throws and made one of two again a couple minutes later, putting him within one bucket of the milestone.

Then, after Siena scored to pull within 73-66, Johnson made the move and the basket to become the program's 47th player to reach 1,000.

The public address announcer told the crowd only a couple minutes later, and the video board pubbed the honor.

Johnson said Coach Matt Painter and fellow senior Travis Carroll offered congratulations soon after.

Though Painter obliged when asked to put Johnson's accomplishment in perspective after the game, he said he'd rather talk about stuff like that after the career.

"I've harped on it a lot - his legacy as a player is getting back in winning ways and getting us back to the NCAA Tournament. To me, it's about winning. It's not about scoring," Painter said. "But it's still a nice accomplishment to have."

Always teaching

As soon as Purdue players thanked members of the student section after the victory, Painter grabbed sophomore A.J. Hammons and pulled him under the nearest basket.

Painter didn't want to wait to get more coaching in.

Though Hammons had six blocks - not even his season high - Painter thought the 7-footer could have been more fundamentally sound defensively. More than once, Hammons stepped up trying to get a block, and his man got the pass and scored, as the Boilermakers weren't able to rotate defensively under the rim.

"I've just got to stay on my feet, really. That's what Coach was telling me," said Hammons, who added 12 points, eight of which came at the line. "He was just trying to teach me after the game to bluff at them and then try and get back to your man. Pretty much whenever I see it, just go for the blocked shot, but I have to be aware of my man whenever I leave him."

Still an issue
Purdue had one stretch against Siena in which it gave hope: The Boilermakers made seven of eight free throws at one point in the second half.

But then it was back to reality, as Purdue managed to make only seven of its next 14 and finished the game 22-of-37 on free throws (60 percent).

After a nice start to the season at the line, the Boilermakers are only 75 of 126 (60 percent) in the last four games.

"That's something that needs to be solved right away," said freshman point guard Bryson Scott, who made five of eight. "It's something we work on every day and we have to get better at. I feel like we're decent free-throw shooters. We just have to concentrate more when we're at the line."

Guards Scott, Terone Johnson, Sterling Carter and Ronnie Johnson shot a combined 12 for 20.

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