WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- JaJuan Johnson doesn't need to score to be a dominating presence in a game.
The preseason All-America had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks to help Purdue (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) beat Howard 76-40 in its season opener on Sunday.
Johnson was 3 of 7 from the field, missing a few shots he usually makes, but Purdue coach Matt Painter isn't worried.
"His shots aren't going in right now, but they will," he said. "He's put in too much time, he's too skilled of a guy."
Johnson had nine points, 10 rebounds and five blocks by halftime. Painter, who always has pushed the 6-foot-10 center to be a more aggressive rebounder, praised the senior's effort.
"You always look at his stat line and think he can do more, but then you walk in at halftime, and he has 10 rebounds," Painter said. "That's pretty good."
The Boilermakers lost Robbie Hummel to a season-ending knee injury during preseason practice, but the offense was efficient without him, accumulating 21 assists on 25 field goals. Howard used a variety of zone defenses that limited Johnson's touches, but the Boilermakers made 13 of 28 3-pointers.
"We got in transition, we were able to kick ahead for some shots," Painter said. "Our guys did a good job of trying to find the extra man, trying to keep the game simple."
"I think us playing good team defense will help us win a lot of ball games," Moore said. "We have a lot of players who played last year, so they kind of know what's going on on the defensive end. We just have to keep putting it all together."
Howard, which beat Bowling Green 54-52 in its season opener on Friday, hung tough with the Boilermakers early. The Bison led 12-10 on a basket by Kyle Riley with just under 13 minutes remaining in the first half.
The Boilermakers locked down after that, holding Howard to one field goal over the next 10 minutes. Purdue outscored the Bison 27-9 the rest of the half to lead 37-21. Terone Johnson and Moore both made 3-pointers in the final minute of the first half to give the Boilermakers momentum.
Purdue made its final five shots of the first half, then continued to shoot well in the second half. Byrd, Ryne Smith and Moore made 3-pointers to push the lead to 46-23 two minutes into the second half, and the rout was on. The Boilermakers made eight consecutive field goals, starting with 4:25 remaining in the first half and ending with a miss in close with 16:08 to play.
"Anytime you hit a few shots going into the half and you have something good going, it just carries over to the second half," Moore said. "That was what it did today and we were able to come out and spread the game out."
Purdue got the crowd going after a steal by Kelsey Barlow ignited a fast break. Barlow lobbed the ball to Moore, who caught the ball with his right hand, then threw it down for a powerful dunk. Barlow got a fast break of his own moments later to push Purdue's lead to 54-27 with 12 minutes to play.
JaJuan Johnson said the defense set the stage for the offense in the second half.
"I feel like when we settled down and we started clamping down on defense, everything started going really smooth for us," he said. "It helps when we hit shots early, that opens up a lot of things for everybody."
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