Boilermakers Send Mackey Crowd home for Christmas with WIN

Boilermakers Send Mackey Crowd Home for Christmas with Win

by: Steven Stremming/Excel H Sports/United States Basketball Writers Association

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On a 46-degree night in West Lafayette, Indiana, inside a standing room only Mackey Arena crowd (of over 14,800) with only four days before Christmas, the Boilers did not disappoint, as they would start off with a bang and burst out to a comfortable lead, one that they would not surrender.

And on this night, it was Sellersburg, Indiana’s Trey Kaufman-Renn and Evanston, Illinois’ Lance Jones providing the one-two punch from inside the paint and daggers from the outside.

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After the onslaught from Fletcher Loyer and Braden Smith had provided against Arizona, they both came out and fed the paint (Kaufman-Renn and Edey) and to Jones with solid pin-point passes.  For the night, Westfield, Indiana’s Smith handed out six assists and swiping three passes while Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Loyer handed out three assists, a steal and a block.

Kaufman-Renn was solid all night as he scored 15 points, grabbed six rebounds and a block. Jones was strong all night long too, as he scored 16 points, collected four boards, dished out three assists and claimed three steals in the Boiler win.

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Not forgotten was the inside domination of Zach Edey.

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Zach played a tad over 24 minutes while scoring a team high 18 points, eight boards, drawing ten fouls on Jacksonville defense and a perfect eight from eight from the charity stripe.

New Castle, Indiana’s Mason Gillis provided energy off the bench while scoring eight points and two assists.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Caleb Furst was strong on the boards with four boards in thirteen minutes and scored six points.

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Minnesota’s redshirt freshman, Cam Heide was active in his minutes and provided two impressive dunks. Heide would score six points and three steals.

Indianapolis, Indiana freshman Myles Colvin was solid as well, in nearly 17 minutes, as Colvin scored 11 points, two steals.

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Sweden’s redshirt freshman, Will Berg shined in his 5:43 time on the floor, as he scored eight points on a four for four from the floor, including a missed rebound, that he turned into a thunderous dunk and showed the Boilermaker faithful his promise.

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Ethan Morton would provide leadership and tenacious defense in his time on the floor and provided stability to  Brian Waddell, Chase Martin, Sam King and Carson Barrett who all saw floor time in the victory.

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Jacksonville Dolphins were led by Robert McCray with 22 points.

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Next up for the #1 Boilermakers is a home game against Eastern Kentucky on December 29th while Jacksonville plays Erskine on the 30th.

(The following information is provided by Purdue University Athletics)

No. 1 Purdue 100, Jacksonville 57 (Postgame Notes)

  • Purdue improved to 11-1 overall with a 100-57 win over Jacksonville in front of the 63rd consecutive sellout at Mackey Arena. The game was the final game for the Boilermakers before the Holiday break.
  • The win was Purdue’s fourth victory in a row.
  • Purdue has now won 34 straight regular-season, non-conference games, tied for the ninth-longest streak in NCAA history, and longest since Arizona’s 39-game streak from Dec. 2011 to Dec. 2014. It’s the fifth-longest streak since the turn of the century.
  • Purdue has won 25 straight non-conference games in Mackey Arena, just two shy of the school record (set twice — 2008 to 2011; 1991 to 1996).
  • Purdue is now 69-15 since the start of the 2021-22 season, the fourth-most wins in the country in that span.
  • Matt Painter moved into fourth place by himself on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list (424). He has 449 career wins.
  • Purdue had 13 dunks in the victory, believed to be the most in school history. Eleven of Purdue’s 19 field goals in the second half were dunks. Purdue has 60 dunks in the first 12 games of the season.
  • Purdue scored 100 points for the first time since Dec. 29, 2021, vs. Nicholls (104-90 win).
  • Purdue has scored 90 or more points in three straight games for the first time since December 2000.
  • Purdue has scored 87 or more points in six straight games for the first time in school history.
  • Purdue recorded 25 assists on 35 made field goals and had just nine turnovers.
  • Purdue forced 22 turnovers, the most for the Boilermakers since forcing 22 against Central Michigan on Dec. 28, 2019. The Boilermakers’ +13 turnover margin was its highest since Nov. 18, 2017 vs. Fairfield (9-22).
  • Purdue’s 14 steals were its most since last year’s season opener against Milwaukee (Nov. 8, 2022).
  • Zach Edey moved into ninth place on the school’s career scoring list (1,821 points). He has scored in double-figures in 63 straight games, the longest active streak in the country and nine shy of the school record (Rick Mount – 72).
  • Trey Kaufman-Renn scored a season-high 15 points and added six rebounds and a career-high four assists.
  • Freshman Myles Colvin tallied a season-high 11 points.



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