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Seth Lundy delivered a flurry of first-half scoring punches. Mike Watkins capitalized with a quick second-half knockout blow. Watkins matched a season high with 19 points, Lundy added a career-high 18 and No. 13 Penn State pulled away with a rare 88-76 victory at Purdue Tuesday night. This win will go down as yet another monumental chapter in the Nittany Lions� remarkable season. Penn State made a season-high 14 3-pointers, one short of the school record set against Purdue in February 2007, and extended its winning streak to seven. The Nittany Lions (19-5, 9-4 Big Ten) also snapped a nine-game losing streak in the series, earning their first win at Mackey Arena since Feb. 18, 2006. And with Lundy and Watkins leading the way, they made it look relatively easy. Lundy needed only 20 minutes to establish a new career high with four 3s as Penn State ran out to a 42-30 halftime lead. He finished with six 3s.Watkins, meanwhile, scored 16 points in the final 20 minutes to help Penn State double the lead to as much as 58-34. The combination was simply too much for Purdue (14-11, 7-7). Trevion Williams finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Boilermakers, which had a three-game winning streak end. But with Penn State firing on all cylinders right from the start, Purdue never had much of a chance. With Lundy leading the way, six of the Nittany Lions first seven baskets came from behind the arc as Penn State pulled out to a 27-16 lead. The Boilermakers got as close as 33-28 late in the half before Penn State closed the half on a 9-2 run and opened the second half, behind Watkins, on a 13-2 spurt that made it 55-32.Purdue got as close as 83-76 with 54 seconds remaining, but Penn State closed it out at the free-throw line.