WEST LAFAYETTE – Ronnie Johnson reflects the good and bad of Purdue basketball.
At times, the sophomore is one of the Big Ten's better point guards. At other times, he is not.
In Sunday's 70-64 win over Nebraska, he was both.
He scored 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field at Mackey Arena. But his 4-for-10 free throw shooting, all in the second half, and pair of turnovers helped keep the Cornhuskers in the game.
In the end, he was a big part of the Boilers' 15-6 game-closing run that included containing Nebraska scoring leader Terran Petteway.
Here are his thoughts as Purdue improved to 11-5 overall, 1-2 in the Big Ten:
On Purdue's end-of-game defense:
“We wanted to keep Petteway out of the lane. And keep (Deverell Biggs) out of the lane, as well. He's a great driver, too. Then it was finishing out the play with a box-out.”
On the team's better overall play:
“We fought hard. That's what we need to do every game. We stayed composed. When you do stuff like that, you can win. We need to continue to keep doing that, and we'll get more wins.”
On his second-half offensive success:
“I was trying to find openings in the defense. I did a good job of that. I was able to get to my left hand and get into the paint. I wound up with great opportunities to get wide open shots.”