WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (Ticker) -- After a successful trip to Alaska, Purdue continued its winning ways.
Kenneth Lowe scored 24 points as the 21st-ranked Boilermakers defeated Clemson, 76-64, in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 1997.
Purdue was making its first appearance since upsetting then-No. 2 Duke on Saturday to capture the Great Alaska Shootout. The Boilermakers had been the only team never to win a game in the five-year history of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
Lowe scored his team's first nine points on 3-pointers for Purdue, which never trailed after taking an early 9-8 lead. Melvin Buckley's 3-pointer gave the Boilermakers their biggest lead of the first half at 35-20.
Sharrod Ford led Clemson (3-1) with just 12 points. The Tigers were held scoreless during a six-minute stretch in the first half.
David Teague and Ivan Kartelo chipped in 12 points apiece for the Boilermakers, who shot 43 percent (22-of-51) from the field but held Clemson to 39 percent (26-of-66). The Boilermakers made 9-of-16 3-pointers, compared to just 1-of-12 for the Tigers.
Lamar Rice and Shawan Robinson scored 11 points apiece for Clemson, which was held 22 points below its season average.
Four straight free throws by Kartelo, who also grabbed eight rebounds, gave Purdue a 24-10 lead. Reserve Matt Kiefer grabbed seven rebounds.
After trailing 39-27 at the intermission, Clemson cut the deficit to 10 early in the second half. But Purdue opened a 71-53 cushion on Brandon McKnight's two free throws. The Tigers did not get the deficit under double figures until Rice hit a 3-pointer to make it 73-64 with a minute remaining.