The Drum Beat
by: Shawn Martin
Boilers Dominate Wright State 96 to 59
Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter has been less than impressed with his teams focus and intensity on defense so far this season. That message appears to be getting through to his players.
It was the first meeting in school history against Wright State. Purdue is now 42-2 against current members of the Horizon League, including 35-1 at home. Matt Painter is 17-0 against the Horizon League.
Purdue is 3-0 for the first time since the 2018-19 season and for the 11th time in Matt Painter’s 17 seasons at Purdue.
Purdue has now scored 90 or more points in three straight games for the first time during the Painter era, last doing so from Dec. 18-27, 2000.
Purdue has scored at least 50 points in the first half in three straight games for the first time since March 1 to 8, 1969 (50 vs. Bellarmine; 51 vs. Indiana State; 51 vs. Wright State).
Purdue has shot over 50.0 percent in three straight games for the first time since Feb. 22 to March 3, 2018 (4 in a row).
Purdue’s 34-point halftime lead (51-17) is the eighth-largest halftime lead in school history.
Purdue’s plus-33 (56-23) rebound margin is the fourth-largest margin in a game in school history. Purdue had more rebounds (56) than Wright State had points (52).
Purdue improved to 53-3 at home in the month of November under Matt Painter.
Purdue had three players record double-doubles (Trevion Williams, Zach Edey, Caleb Furst) for the first time since Dec. 21, 1977 (Walter Jordan, Wayne Walls, Joe Barry Carroll).
Zach Edey and Trevion Williams combined for 38 points, 25 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks while going 16-of-23 from the field and 6-of-10 from the free throw line. The duo is now averaging 30.3 points, 19.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 32-of-44 (.727) from the field and 26-of-35 (.743) from the free throw line.
Trevion Williams scored 20 points with 13 rebounds for his 22nd career double-double. He went over 1,000 career points with a second-half dunk, becoming the 54th player in school history with 1,000 career points. He also surpassed 650 career rebounds, now with 1,002 career points and 658 career rebounds. It marked his eighth career 20-10 game.
Zach Edey recorded his second straight double-double with 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, in just 18 minutes. Over the last two games, Edey has 40 points and 22 rebounds in 36 minutes of action.
Caleb Furst recorded his first career double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and two assists. He made his first career 3-pointer in the victory.
Brandon Newman tied a career high with five 3-pointers, scoring 15 points.
Sasha Stefanovic became the 17th player in school history with 150 career 3-pointers, making four more triples tonight. Stefanovic is 11-of-19 (.579) from long distance on the season.
Isaiah Thompson has zero turnovers in almost 66 minutes of action this season.
Purdue has had one shot blocked against it this season, while recording 15 blocked shots on the defensive end.