EVANSTON, Illinois (Ticker) -- Aaron Jennings scored a career-high 20 points as Northwestern upset No. 25 Purdue, 78-67, in a Big Ten Conference contest.
Jennings also made a career-high four 3-pointers for the Wildcats, who placed five players in double figures for the first time this season.
Northwestern (10-11, 2-8 Big Ten) has won two of its last three after starting conference play with seven losses. The Wildcats went 2-1 on their homestand, also beating Indiana, 74-61.
"It was just a good team effort, both ends," Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said. "Offensively, we seemed balanced. Defensively, most of the guys played pretty hard and pretty well. It's tough to win on the road and it's nice to be at home."
Northwestern closed out the victory by converting 13-of-14 foul shots in the final 66 seconds. After Willie Deane's 3-pointer pulled Purdue within five with 42 seconds left, Winston Blake and freshman Mohamed Hachad made a pair from the line for the Wildcats.
Jason Burke collected 14 points and six assists and Jitim Young recorded 12 points and nine rebounds for Northwestern, which held Purdue to 41 percent shooting (21-of-51). The Wildcats shot 49 percent (23-of-47).
Purdue (15-6, 7-3) suffered its second straight loss and missed an opportunity to move into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.
Deane scored 19 points and Chris Booker 14 for the Boilermakers, who remained tied atop the Big Ten with Michigan. The Wolverines lost to Indiana earlier Wednesday.
"It's the nightmare I thought it would be," said Purdue coach Gene Keady about Northwestern's deliberate style. "You've got a chance to go into first place and these kids have never learned how to play at the championship level. You've got to be focused."
Blake contributed 11 points off the bench for Northwestern and Hachad chipped in with 10.
Northwestern has won two straight at home against Purdue, beating the Boilermakers, 61-48, here last season. Purdue leads the all-time series, 113-37.
Keady was especially angry that the Boilermakers continually left Jennings open.
"I was cussing Jennings all night," he said. "We knew he could do that and we don't understand why our guys leave him. We told them, 'Do not leave 55 (Jennings) open.' He is deadly, especially in this gym."
Still smarting from a 90-68 loss at Minnesota, the Boilermakers again came at flat. Third in the Big Ten in scoring, Purdue scored a season-low 20 points in the first half and trailed, 31-20, at the intermission. The Boilermakers shot just 25 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
"Purdue is a heck of a team and I think we were a little bit fortunate in the first half," Carmody said. "Not to take anything away from our guys, but that is what sometimes happens on away courts."
Booker's breakaway layup capped a 6-0 run that pulled Purdue within 52-46, but Northwestern quickly got the lead back into double figures on freshman T.J. Parker's 3-pointer and Jennings' layup.
"We were not running our stuff well," Carmody said. "We seemed to increase the lead, but they disrupted us. I don't know if it was our defense or they were just out of whack."