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January 22, 2014

Northwestern beats Purdue 63-60 in double OT

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — All Terone Johnson could think about were his friends back on campus when he heard about the shooting at Purdue.

The game at Northwestern? Well, that was secondary.

The Boilermakers lost 63-60 in double overtime on Tuesday, hours after a shooting on their campus.

"It's a devastating thing to hear about, especially when you're on the road," Johnson said. "You have friends on campus that you're worried about. I don't think anybody knew exactly who it was. We didn't have our phones. We found out through our iPads and things like that. But this is something that's devastating. We're just sending our prayers to everyone."

Drew Crawford scored 19 points and blocked the potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to preserve the victory for Northwestern.

Crawford, who played 50 minutes, had four points in the second OT and delivered the big block on Ronnie Johnson off an inbounds pass as time expired to preserve the win.

Tre Demps added 19 points, and the Wildcats (10-10, 3-4 Big Ten) prevailed on an emotional night for the Boilermakers (13-6, 3-3).

An engineering student opened fire inside a basement classroom at Purdue earlier in the day, killing a teaching assistant, and there was a moment of silence before the game.

A group of Northwestern students behind one basket had their chests painted purple with the message "Stand with Purdue," a show of solidarity in the wake of an event that rattled a campus. The Boilermakers were not there when the shooting occurred. They made the 140-mile trip from West Lafayette, Ind., on Monday because there was snow in the forecast and there were no classes due to Martin Luther King Day.

Against that backdrop, Northwestern never led through regulation or the first overtime but still came away with its third win in four games.

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