Purdue Thrashes Iowa

Purdue Thrashes Iowa 87 to 68

written by: Steven Stremming, Excel H Sports/Basketball Writers Association of America

photos by: Tony Harper/Excel H Sports/Indiana Sports Network

videographer: Cainan Harper/Excel H Sports/Indiana Sports Network

Photo by: Tony Harper/Excel H Sports/Indiana Sports Network

Purdue was coming off a loss at Northwestern, removing them from the number one ranking in the country.

Purdue came into another sellout crowd tonight (14,876) and ranked number 3 (Excel H Sports) and with some questions about their defense.

Photo by: Tony Harper, Excel H Sports/Indiana Sports Network

Now many of those questions came from Head Coach Matt Painter, who said, in Evanston; we have to find guards who want to play defense.

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Well, I think he received some answers, as the team played with intent and a word that Painter mentioned in the presser, purpose. (See Painter post-game press conference).

The defense played well and in particular holding Peyton Sandfort to zero points in the first half. Most of that defense was provided by Lance Jones and Ethan Morton with a contribution by Camden Heide.

Sandfort would go on to score nine points for the game.

New Castle. Indiana’s, Mason Gillis provided one of the largest contributions to the Boilers win.

Gillis’ tenacious defense, overall hustle and grit and determination were on display so everyone in Mackey Arena could witness it.

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Gillis would end his night with 12 points on three of four field goals from the traditional two-point area, two of three from behind the arc and a perfect four of four from the charity stripe in his thirteen minutes of floor time.

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Toronto, Canada’s Zach Edey was dominant in the paint as he hit nine of ten from the floor, seven of nine from the line, twelve boards, including nine offensive boards, which gave the Boilers more opportunities to score. Edey also knocked away three shots and handed out three assists.

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Lance Jones, the Southern Illinois transfer would add seventeen points on seven of eleven from the floor, three of six behind the arc, hand out two assists and two steals while playing strong defense.

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Westfield Indiana’s Braden Smith would shoot the ball only four times but handed out eight assists and adding two steals.

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Trey Kaufman-Renn continues his improved play as he scored ten points, tallied seven boards and was strong under the basket. And was particularly strong with Edey getting a break from the floor.

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Fletcher Loyer tallied seventeen points in support and accounted for three assists.

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Caleb Furst collected five boards while Camden Heide added two points and two boards in support and again, added tenacious defense.

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The largest lead of the night was 35 points with nearly fourteen minutes gone in the second half.

The Iowa Hawkeyes were led by Ben Krikke’s 16 points, seven boards and Lawrence North product Senior, Tony Perkins added 12 points and six boards. No other Hawkeye was in double figures.

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Purdue MBB Players Post-Game Press Conference After 87-68 Win vs. Iowa

Fran McCaffery’s Post-Game Press Conference After 87-68 Loss To Purdue

(The following is credited to Purdue Athletics)

  • Purdue bounced back from its first loss of the year and improved to 8-1 overall with an 87-68 win over Iowa at Mackey Arena.
  • The Boilermakers have now won eight of their last 10 games against Iowa.
  •  Purdue has won six straight games against Iowa in Mackey Arena, winning the six games by a combined 114 points (19.0 PPG).
  • The win was Matt Painter’s 210th win in Big Ten play, now tied for sixth on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list in conference games only (Branch McCracken – 210).
  • Purdue is now 74-12 at home against Big Ten teams since the start of the 2014-15 season. Against unranked Big Ten teams at Mackey Arena, Purdue is 62-6 in that span.
  • Purdue has scored at least 85 points in back-to-back conference games for the first time since Jan. 20 to Jan. 25, 2018 (87 vs. Iowa; 92 vs. Michigan).
  • Purdue improved to 15-4 in home Big Ten openers under Matt Painter, having won eight straight league home openers.
  • Iowa is ranked No. 40 in KenPom. Purdue is now 5-1 this season in games against the KenPom top-50. No other team in America has more than three top-50 wins.
  • Purdue is now 15-1 (.938) all-time on December 4, the best winning percentage for a date on the calendar (min. 10 games).
  • After having 17 turnovers against Northwestern, Purdue had just eight turnovers against the Hawks, recording 24 assists on 34 made field goals.
  • Purdue shot 26-of-40 (.650) from inside the 3-point line.
  • Purdue scored on its first 13 possessions of the second half, starting the 2nd half 12-of-15 from the field.
  • Purdue held Iowa to its second-lowest point total of the season and to only 24 points in the first half.
  • Zach Edey scored 25 points with 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 24 minutes of action, going 9-of-10 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line.
  • Edey is now averaging 23.7 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and 1.1 assists per game in 28.4 minutes, while shooting 63.6 percent from the field. However, in six games against high-major opponents, Edey is averaging 27.3 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game.
  • Edey recorded his 25th career 20-10 game, now tied for the most for a Big Ten player since the 2010-11 season. He notched his 46th career double-double (34 in 43 games since start of last year) and his 60th straight game in double-figures.
  • Edey is now averaging 33.3 points, 15.8 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per 40 minutes this season.
  • In Big Ten play, Edey is averaging 30.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 assists per game, shooting 70.4 percent from the field.
  • Lance Jones scored a season-high 17 points, 14 of which came in the second half, including nine in the first two minutes of the second half.
  • Braden Smith had just two points, but added eight assists and six rebounds against just one turnover in 25 minutes of action. He was +33 in his 25 minutes of action.

(The following is credited to the University of Iowa Athletics)

  • Two of Iowa’s three losses have come against top 10 ranked opponents on the road.
  • Graduate Ben Krikke paced the team in scoring, finishing with 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting to go along with a team-best seven rebounds.
    • He has reached double figures in all eight games and has led/tied for the team lead in scoring four times.
  • Senior Tony Perkins finished with 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting with six rebounds.
  • Iowa had two players reach double figures — a season low.
  • The Boilermakers were +10 on the glass in the first half and +6 for the game, outrebounding the Hawkeyes, 41-35.
  • Purdue outscored Iowa, 50-34 in the paint.

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