Purdue figured out how to slow the pace — and still score a little, too, Wednesday night.
Terone Johnson finished with a career-high 25 points and D.J. Byrd scored nine of his 15 during a key 19-3 second-half run, sending the Boilermakers past No. 11 Illinois 68-61.
Byrd sealed the game with a three-point play with 20.1 seconds to go.
The Boilermakers (7-6, 1-0 Big Ten) have won three straight and are over .500 for the first time this season. They have won eight straight over the Fighting Illini.
Illinois (13-2, 0-1) was led by Brandon Paul with 15 points and Joseph Bertrand with 14, but managed only one basket during a decisive 5½-minute stretch of the second half. Illinois has lost eight straight conference road games, dating to a Jan. 4, 2012 win at Northwestern.
Its losing streak against Purdue is the school's longest against a Big Ten foe since dropping nine straight to Purdue from 1996 to 2000.
No. 16 Creighton 79, Illinois St. 72: Junior forward Ethan Wragge was 6 of 9 from 3-point range for his 18 points to lead Creighton to a victory over Illinois State.
Grant Gibbs had 16 points for the Bluejays (13-1, 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference). Tyler Brown and Bryant Allen each scored 15 points to lead the Redbirds (9-5, 0-2).
No. 17 Butler 70, Penn 57: Roosevelt Jones scored a career-high 24 points to lead Butler over visiting Penn (2-10), the Bulldogs' eighth consecutive victory.
Butler (11-2) has opened the new year with a victory for the ninth straight season. The Bulldogs won their sixth straight at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
No. 1 Duke 67, Davidson 50: Ryan Kelly scored 18 points to help Duke (13-0) remain unbeaten with a victory over Davidson (7-6).
No. 4 Louisville 80, Providence 62: Russ Smith scored a game-high 23 points, and Louisville (13-1, 1-0) shot 53 percent to run away from Providence (8-5, 0-1) in the Big East Conference opener for both teams.
No. 7 Syracuse 78, Rutgers 53: Jim Boeheim notched his 903rd career victory, breaking a tie with Bob Knight for second all-time among Division I men's coaches, and Syracuse (13-1) rolled past Rutgers (9-3) in the Big East opener for both teams.
Boeheim, in his 37th season at his alma mater, trails only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, who has 940 victories.
No. 8 Ohio St. 70, Nebraska 44: Deshaun Thomas outscored Nebraska in the first half 18-17 and finished with 22 points to lead Ohio State (11-2, 1-0) past the Cornhuskers (9-5, 0-1) in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Ball State 62, Norfolk State 61: Jesse Berry scored 21 points to help Ball State beat Norfolk State (6-10).
Berry was 6 of 11 from the field. Jauwan Scaife added 18 points for the Cardinals (6-6).
IPFW 68, Navy 63: Luis Jacobo scored 22 points, and IPFW defeated Navy (6-9). Jacobo also had three steals and was 5 for 9 from beyond the 3-point line. Frank Gaines added 17 points and Joe Edwards scored 15 for the Mastodons (7-9).
Indiana State 65, Northern Iowa 61: Justin Gant scored 18 points and Jake Odum 16 to lead Indiana State (9-4, 2-0 Missouri Valley) to a victory against Northern Iowa (7-7, 0-2).
Evansville 62, Missouri State 59 OT: Troy Taylor grabbed 19 rebounds, and Egidijus Mockevicius scored 18 points to help Evansville (8-6, 1-1, Missouri Valley) beat Missouri State (3-11 1-1, Missouri Valley).
Bradley 66, S. Illinois 60: Walt Lemon Jr. scored 20 points to help Bradley (10-4, 2-0 Missouri Valley) to a victory over Southern Illinois (7-6, 0-2).
Seton Hall 73, DePaul 72: Fuquan Edwin converted the game-winning layup with 6.9 seconds remaining to give Seton Hall (12-2) a win against DePaul (9-5) in the Big East opener for both schools.
Illinois-Chicago 65, Youngstown State 60: Gary Talton drilled a go-ahead 3-pointer with 17 seconds remaining and made three free throws to protect the lead as Illinois-Chicago (10-4, 1-0 Horizon League) defeated Youngstown State (8-6, 0-1).
Western Illinois 39, Savannah State 35: Adam Link scored 10 points and Western Illinois (11-3) slipped by Savannah State (5-8), extending their winning streak to eight games.
No. 14 Purdue 67, Illinois 66, OT: Courtney Moses hit a jumper with 3 seconds left in overtime, giving Purdue a victory over Illinois (7-6) in the Big Ten Conference opener for both teams.
Alexis Smith's layup with 23 seconds to play had put Illinois ahead 66-65, but Moses, who scored 16 points, helped the Boilermakers (12-2) steal the win.