Purdue Uses Late Charge to Top Indiana
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#BoilerNotes
• Purdue improved to 116-89 all-time against Indiana ... the Boilermakers are the only Big Ten team with a winning record over Indiana ... Purdue has won four of the last five meetings with Indiana and two of the last three games in Bloomington.
• Purdue wrapped up a grueling five-game gauntlet at Michigan State (W), at Nebraska (L), No. 25-ranked Northwestern (W), at No. 17-ranked Maryland (W) and at Indiana (W) with a 4-1 record.
• Purdue is now 9-3 in the Big Ten for the first time since the 2010-11 season ... Purdue has 20 wins in the first 25 games for the 11th time since the 1979-80 season (38 years), and the fifth time under Matt Painter.
• Purdue is now 46-14 since the start of last year.
• Purdue has been held under 75 points now just three times in the last 18 games ... during those three games, Purdue is 3-0 (Wisconsin, Maryland, Indiana).
• Purdue won at Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State for the first time since 2009-10.
• Purdue is now 4-3 this year when trailing at halftime, having won two straight games against Maryland and Indiana ... since the start of the 2014-15 season, Purdue is 13-11 when trailing at halftime.
• Indiana entered the game averaging 82.0 points per game ... the Hoosiers scored just 64.
• Purdue improved to 54-4 since the start of the 2014-15 season when attempting more free throws (24) than its opponent (16).
• Purdue is 17-1 this year when holding opponents under 48.0 percent shooting ... Indiana shot 38.6 percent.
Vincent Edwards tied a career high with 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds and a career-high three steals ... Edwards now needs just 17 points to become the 50th player in school history with 1,000 career points ... he also surpassed 475 career rebounds in the win.
Caleb Swanigan notched his 21st double-double of the season with a 16-point, 14-rebound, three-assist effort ... he has recorded a double-double in seven straight games, tied for the fifth-longest double-double streak in Purdue history ... he moved into fifth on the Purdue single-season rebounds list (320), just 32 shy of the school record ... he also surpassed 600 career rebounds, the 23rd player in Purdue history with 600 or more rebounds.
Carsen Edwards has scored in double-figures in six of his last seven games with 13 points vs. Indiana ... his four assists were one off a season high ... Edwards moved into 16th on the Purdue freshman scoring list (274 points) ... Edwards also saw a streak of 17 straight made free throws end with a miss in the second half ... he had not missed in Big Ten play (16-of-16 entering game).
Dakota Mathias held James Blackmon to 3-of-14 shooting and 11 points.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Vincent Edwards matched his career-high with 26 points and Caleb Swanigan added 16 points and 14 rebounds Thursday night as No. 16 Purdue used a late charge to beat rival Indiana 69-64.

The Boilermakers (20-5, 9-3 Big Ten) have won three straight and six of seven to move into second place in the conference.

Thomas Bryant scored 23 points and James Blackmon Jr. added 11 in his return from a lower left leg injury. It still wasn't enough for Indiana (15-10, 5-7), which has lost two in a row and four of five.

Indiana led 57-55 after Josh Newkirk's 3-pointer with 4:56 to go, but the Boilermakers scored seven straight and then made it 64-59 when Swanigan completed a three-point play with 1:02 left.

Purdue sealed it from the free throw line. It has won four of the last five in this series - though this one came with a bizarre sequence that began with a blocking call on Swanigan with 44.5 seconds left. After conferring, the refs called a double foul, causing Bryant and Swanigan to foul out on the same play.

It was that kind of night in the state's biggest rivalry.

Edwards scored 15 points in the first half that was every bit as back-and-forth as the second.

Purdue jumped to a 21-15 lead about 10 minutes into the game, but the Hoosiers charged back with a 9-0 run to take a 30-26 lead and closed the half on a 6-2 flurry to make it 36-32. Indiana stayed in front most of the second half - until the Boilermakers' late charge.

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: The Boilermakers are rolling. They are 9-3 in conference play for the first time since 2010-11 and have won at Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State in the same season for the first time since 2009-10. And with a well-deserved weekend off, the Boilermakers should make their 34th consecutive appearance in the AP Top 25.

Indiana: Even Blackmon's return wasn't enough Thursday. The defending Big Ten champs are two games under .500 in league play and have to do a lot of work over the next month if they're going to make the NCAA Tournament.

ALMOST EVEN

It was hard to find much of an edge on the stat sheet Thursday.

Purdue outscored Indiana 28-24 in the paint and 16-13 off turnovers but was outscored 15-14 on second-chance points and 7-6 by the bench. Things were so close, that two of the league's best rebounding teams actually wound up with a 35-35 tie.

The only notable difference was Purdue made 17 of 24 free throws. Indiana was 12 of 16.

UP NEXT

Purdue: After a brutal five-game stretch, the Boilermakers return home Tuesday against struggling Rutgers.

Indiana: Seventeen days after enduring an embarrassing 30-point loss at Michigan, the Hoosiers host the rematch Sunday.


 

 

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