Lance Jones leads second half explosion, Boilers win going away

The Drum Beat
Purdue Basketball
Shawn Martin
November 10, 2023

The 3rd ranked Purdue Men’s Basketball team jumped quickly on Morehead State, forcing an Eagle timeout 2:39 minutes into the game with Purdue up 8-0. The opening run would stretch to 15 when sophomore point guard Brayden Smith hit a jumper with 15:47 left in the first half.

The Boilermakers would comfortably win 87-57 in front of 14,876 in Mackey Arena and move to 2-0 on the young season.
After their second dominating start in as many games – Purdue jumped on Samford to start 14-1 November 6th – the Eagles found their shooting touch while the home team cooled off.
Riley Minix – a 6-7 Grad Transfer for the Eagles – torched the Boilers for ten points in three minutes and twenty seconds and the lead was cut to nine, 26-17, with 8:54 left in the opening stanza.
That is as close as Morehead State would get for the remainder of the game. Coach Matt Painter’s squad led 42-29 at halftime.
Purdue Grad Transfer guard Lance Jones had two points at halftime. He opened the Boilermakers second half scoring with a driving layup in traffic at the 18:36 mark. After a Trey Kaufman-Renn layup, Smith found Jones on the left wing, where he drilled a three-pointer, igniting the sellout crowd, and pushing Eagles coach Preston Spradlin to use another timeout. Purdue led 49-32.
Jones wasn’t done.
He tossed a perfect pass for a Zach Edey dunk, then hit two three pointers – the second from 30 feet in front of the Purdue bench.  Eleven points and an assist in a little more than five minutes of the second half!
Jones would finish with 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting (3-6 from 3-pt range), five rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes.
Reigning National Player of the Year Zach Edey led Purdue with 18 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes. He was 8-9 from the free throw line. Smith had a Double-Double – 11 points and 11 assists (only two turnovers) in 29 minutes. Kaufman-Renn added nine points, Mason Gillis and Myles Colvin contributed 8 each.
Minix ended with 18. Jordan Lathon had 12 points and 8 rebounds for Morehead State.
The Boilers will be tested a lot more Monday night when they host Big East member Xavier (2-0) in Mackey. The Eagles (1-2) will host Mercer on Tuesday.
Credit Source below: Purdue Athletics

Purdue 87, Morehead State 57 (Postgame Notes)

  • No. 3-ranked Purdue improved to 2-0 with an 87-57 win over Morehead State on Friday night in Mackey Arena.
  • The win was Purdue’s 26th straight regular-season, non-conference victory – a new school record. The streak is now almost double the second-longest, active streak nationally (UConn – 13).
  • Purdue has also won 22 straight at Mackey Arena against non-conference foes, spanning over four calendar years (Nov. 9, 2019 vs. Texas).
  • The Boilermakers have won 16 straight games in the month of November – the second-longest streak in the country (Arizona – 24).
  • Purdue’s next nine games are the following: Xavier, vs. Gonzaga, vs. Tennessee or Syracuse, vs. Kansas, Marquette, UCLA or Chaminade, Texas Southern, at Northwestern, Iowa, vs. Alabama and vs. Arizona.
  • In the win over Samford to start the season, Purdue jumped out to an 11-0 and 21-1 lead. In the win over Morehead State, Purdue jumped out to a 15-0 lead.
  • Purdue has won its first two games by at least 30 points for the first time since the 2017-18 season. The Boilermakers have also shot at least 54 percent from the field in the first two games for the first time since that 2017-18 season.
  • Through two games this year, Purdue has 48 assists against 23 turnovers.
  • Through the first two games, opponents are shooting just 12-of-62 (.194) from 3-point range, and 29.6 percent overall.
  • Purdue had three runs of at least 7-0 in the win over Morehead State, and now has 11 runs of 7-0 or longer this season. The opponent’s longest run this season has been five points.
  • Purdue has won 51 straight games when scoring at least 80 points, dating to Dec. 2018.
  • Since the 2015-26 season, Purdue has won 34 games by 30 or more points, now the fourth-highest total in the country.
  • Zach Edey moved into 21st on the school’s career scoring list with 1,567 points after 18 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocked shots in the win over Morehead State.
  • Edey also moved into sixth place on the school’s career rebounds list (866 rebounds).
  • Edey now has 34 points, 19 rebounds, 7 blocks and 5 assists in 44 minutes this season. He has scored 34 points on 14 field goal attempts and drawn 16 fouls.
  • Braden Smith narrowly missed a triple-double, tallying 11 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds and 3 steals in just 29 minutes in the win over Morehead State. He became the first Boilermaker with a points-assists double-double since Lewis Jackson in March 2012.
  • In two games this year, Smith has 23 points, 18 assists, 12 rebounds and 4 steals (11.5 PPG, 9.0 APG, 6.0 RPG, 2.0 SPG).
  • Lance Jones tallied 15 points, five rebounds and three assists in the win.
  • Smith and Jones combined for 26 points, 14 assists, 13 rebounds and 4 steals in the victory.


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