Purdue Beat Down Leaves IU Dazed and Confused

Purdue Beat Down Leaves IU Dazed and Confused
By Nick Jenkinson\Excel H Sports
Photos by: Tony Harper/Excel H Sports/Indiana Sports Network
Videographer: Cainan Harper/Excel H Sports
  Photo by: Tony Harper/Excel H Sports/Indiana Sports Network
    The Top Excel H Sports Ranked Purdue Boilermakers handed the Indiana Hoosiers a 79-59 loss Saturday night at a sold-out Mackey Arena in West Lafayette. Purdue beat the Hoosiers in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall 87-66 on January 16. Purdue leads the all-time series 127-92 and sweeps the series for the first time since 2021. Purdue is 22-2 overall and leads the Big Ten at 11-2 with 7 games remaining as they will host Minnesota on Thursday Night. Indiana drops to 14-10 overall and 6-7 in the Big Ten and will have a week to get ready for Northwestern at home next Sunday afternoon which is the only Big Ten team that Indiana Head Coach Mike Woodson has not gotten a win against as the Hoosiers head coach.
Reigning National Player of the Year, Zach Edey led the way with 26 points and 13 rebounds and for the first time his career he hit a three pointer in just his second career attempt after missing one against Eastern Kentucky on December 29, 2023, Edey was at the top of the key with a defender guarding him and he decided to take it and banked it in with 6:35 left in the game sending the home crowd into a frenzy. The 7-4 300 pounder from Toronto went 7-15 from the field, 1-1 from three-point range and 11-16 from the field. Edey had 4 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal and committed 1 turnover.
  Photo by: Tony Harper/Excel H Sports/Indiana Sports Network
  Braden Smith brung it tonight, as he added 19 points and simply dominated the Indiana guards.
  The bigger story of the night was Trey Kaufman-Renn and Mason Gillis bodied up Indiana all game long causing Indiana to physically become frustrated on the floor.
  Gillis scored nine points, two steals and five boards while Kaufman-Renn scored seven points, hauled in seven boards, three offensive and also had two steals.
  Photo by: Tony Harper/Excel H Sports/Indiana Sports Network
  Photo by: Tony Harper/Excel H Sports/Indiana Sports Network
 Purdue finished the game 25-59 from the field for 42%, 8-21 from three-point range for 38% and 21-33 from the free throw line for 63%. The Boilermakers pulled down 46 rebounds, dished out 12 assists, 10 steals, 9 blocks and committed 3 turnovers.
  Photo by: Tony Harper/Excel H Sports/Indiana Sports Network
C.J. Gunn scored 13 points off the bench for Indiana. Mackenize Mgbako added 12 points, Kel’el Ware added 11 points and 8 rebounds along with 10 points.
Senior Trey Galloway added 10 points and a team high seven assists.
Leading scorer Malik Reneau was held to 6 points and 5 rebounds. Anthony Walker added 6 points off the bench and Payton Sparks had 1 point. Gabe Cupps and Anthony Leal did not score as Cupps committed 1 turnover starting in place of Xavier Johnson who remains out with an elbow injury. The Hoosiers finished 23-55 shooting for 41 % from the field, 4-16 from three-point range for 25% and 9-15 from the free throw line for 60%. The Hoosiers had 31 rebounds, dished out 15 assists, 5 steals, 2 blocks and committed 12 turnovers.
  Photo by: Tony Harper/Excel H Sports/Indiana Sports Network
The game went back and forth for the six and half minutes as the Hoosiers led 12-11 with 13:44 left in the first half. Braden Smith’s layup at the 13:28 mark gave Purdue the lead at 13-12 as the Boilermakers never trailed for the rest of the game. The Hoosiers got it with one on two occasions when Trey Galloway made a jumper with 11:02 left to make it 15-14 and Reneau got a layup with 10:13 left to make it 17-16. Purdue outscored Indiana 20-8 to go into the locker room up 37-25 at halftime.
In the second half Purdue outscored the Hoosiers 42-34 as Purdue extended the lead to 22 at 47-25 with 15:47 left when Lance Jones hit a three pointer. Indiana could get no closer than 18 points the rest of the way. Purdue led 61-35 with 9:57 to give them their largest lead of the game to that point at 24. With 7:44 left Braden Smith’s jumper made it 65-39 giving Purdue a 26-point lead which was the largest of the game. Indiana cut it to 18 with 2:44 left in the game but Purdue increased it back to 20 to close out the game.
The Hoosiers have had four losses by over 20 points or more and seven by double digits. Indiana is 2-5 in true road game this season. After this team was down 18 Tuesday night at Ohio State and came back to win by three points. There was an expectation that going into the Purdue game they were going to show a little more than they did back in January. Purdue made sure that did not happen and got revenge last year when the Hoosiers swept the season series.
(The following is credited to Cainan Harper/Excel H Sports, Videographer)
(The following is credited to Purdue University Athletics)
  • No. 2-ranked Purdue improved to 22-2 overall and 11-2 in the Big Ten Conference with a 79-59 win over rival Indiana on Saturday night in Mackey Arena.
  • The Boilermakers swept the season series with Indiana, winning both games by 20 or more points, the first time since the 1933-34 season that Purdue won both games against Indiana by 20 or more points.
  • Purdue has won 15 of the last 19 games against Indiana.
  • Purdue has now won a season-best eight straight games and its 22-2 record matches the best 24-game start in school history (2022-23, 2017-18, 1987-88).
  • Purdue’s eight-game win streak is now the seventh-longest active streak in the country.
  • Purdue has won 13 straight home games.
  • Purdue has won 15 of its last 16 contests.
  • Purdue improved to 30-4 against in-state teams in Mackey Arena under Matt Painter.
  • Zach Edey became the first Purdue player to record five double-doubles against Indiana. In his last four games against Indiana, Edey is averaging 29.5 points, 15.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 blocks per game.
  • Purdue started the game 0-of-7 from 3-point range, but made eight of its last 14 long-distance attempts.
  • Purdue outrebounded Indiana by 15 rebounds and had three fewer turnovers than the Hoosiers. The Boilermakers have won 19 straight games when outrebounding and having fewer turnovers than its opponent.
  • Since Matt Painter’s second year at Purdue (2006-07), Purdue has now won 217 conference games, which is now tied with Wisconsin for the most in the Big Ten during that span.
  • Purdue has won 43 straight games when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent.
  • Purdue is 80-16 since the start of the 2021-22 season, tied for the fifth-most wins in a three-year span in school history. The school record is 83 (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18).
  • Seventeen of Purdue’s 22 victories have come against the KenPom top-100.
  • Zach Edey tallied 26 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 1 steal, for his eighth straight double-double and 17th double-double of the season. Edey is the fourth player nationally this season to reach that stat line in a game.
  • During his double-double streak, Edey is averaging 26.1 points, 14.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 2.0 assists per game.
  • Edey moved into fourth place on the school’s career scoring list with 2,091 points, passing Dave Schellhase (2,074 points) tonight. He is now 45 points behind E’Twaun Moore for third.
  • Edey made his first career 3-pointer in the win and is now 1-of-2 (.500) for his career from deep.
  • Edey tallied his 75th straight double-figure scoring game.
  • Edey’s 32 career 20-10 games are the most by a Big Ten player since the 2010-11 season (by seven games over Iowa’s Luka Garza).
  • Edey’s 281 rebounds already this year are the 15th most in a season by a Purdue player.
  • Braden Smith narrowly missed a double-double with 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals. Smith’s 171 assists this season are tied for the ninth most in a season in Purdue history.
  • Smith is the only player in the country to have at least 300 points, 170 assists and 130 rebounds.
  • Mason Gillis tallied nine points with five rebounds, going 3-of-6 from long range. Purdue is now 35-4 in his career when he makes two or more 3-pointers in a game.


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