Haas, Swanigan Power MBB Past Rutgers
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• Purdue improved to 8-1 all-time against Rutgers and has won six games in a row vs. the Scarlet Knights ... the six-game winning streak is tied for the fifth-longest win streak against a single opponent.
• Purdue has won four straight Big Ten regular-season games for the first time since the 2014-15 season (did so twice that year) ... Purdue's last five-game Big Ten regular-season winning streak came during the 2010-11 season.
• Purdue improved to 6-0 in Big Ten play when it scores 77 points or fewer ... Purdue is 4-3 when scoring 78 points or more.
• Purdue outrebounded Rutgers by 17 rebounds, its 14th game this year when it has outrebounded a foe by 10 or more rebounds -- second most in the country ... Rutgers had nine offensive rebounds ... it entered the game ranked third in the country in offensive rebounds (15.1 per game) ... Purdue is 28-1 since the start of last year when outrebounding foes by 10 or more rebounds.
• Purdue improved to 125-4 under Matt Painter when holding foes to 59 or fewer points ... three of the losses came during the 2012-13 season.
• Purdue had two players record double-doubles for the first time since the Notre Dame game ... Purdue's 26 double-doubles are the sixth most in a season in school history and ranks second in the country behind Memphis (27).
• Over the last four games, opponents are shooting 89-of-239 (.372) from the field.
• Purdue had a 10-0 run vs. Rutgers, its 27th run of 10-0 or longer this year ... opponents have had two.
Isaac Haas recorded his fourth career double and second of the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds ... Haas had 16 points in 12 second-half minutes vs. Rutgers ... Haas surpassed 400 rebounds in the victory ... it marked his fifth 20-point game of the season and seventh of career ... his 24 points were two shy of his career high (26 vs. Utah State).
Caleb Swanigan recorded his nation's-best 22nd double-double with 12 points, 17 rebounds , two assists, two steals and one block ... he now has 337 rebounds this season, good for third on the Purdue single-season list (Joe Barry Carroll - 352; Glenn Robinson - 344) ... his 22 double-doubles equal the most for a Big Ten player in the last 25 years and are the most since Brad Sellers had 26 for Ohio State (1985-86) ... he has recorded eight straight double-doubles, the second time this year he has had eight straight double-doubles, and tied for the fourth-longest streak in school history ... in Big Ten play, Swanigan is averaging 19.1 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.
Dakota Mathias dished out his 100th assist of the season and made his 57th triple of the season.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) While power forward Caleb Swanigan grabs the majority of the attention with his 22 double-doubles during what has become a special sophomore season, No. 16 Purdue is at its best when 7-foot-2 junior center Isaac Haas is almost as - or more - productive.

Haas had 24 points and 11 rebounds Tuesday night, and Swanigan added 12 points and 17 rebounds in the Boilermakers' 74-55 victory over Rutgers.

Purdue (21-5, 10-3 Big Ten) led 45-39 with just over 12:30 remaining, but from the 11:15 mark until he left the game with 2:20 to play, Haas scored 16 points, and the Boilermakers pulled away for their fourth consecutive victory.

''I just kind of got into a rhythm,'' said Haas, who scored a season-high 26 points in a Nov. 22 victory over Utah State in Mexico. ''I was really trying to focus on rebounding, doing what I need to do for the team to win and accepting my role. It just kind of came to me tonight.''

Nigel Johnson scored 23 points to lead Rutgers (13-14, 2-12), which had no answer for Purdue's big men.

''They've got two great players,'' Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said. ''What a luxury bringing (Haas) off the bench. They caused many problems, and they surround those guys with good shooters. I thought we did a decent job on Swanigan. Obviously, Haas was Swanigan tonight. They are a good basketball team that poses lots of problems for people.''

Boilermakers coach Matt Painter got what he was looking for from Haas during the final 20 minutes.

''His footwork was great,'' Painter said. ''He kept it simple. He got them down deep and used his post moves. He was the difference in the game in the second half. With Isaac, you try to keep him fresh, but when he plays like that, you don't want to take him out.''

Thanks to 28 from Haas and Swanigan, Purdue outrebounded Rutgers 45-28. Purdue shot 47.5 percent to 35.9 for the Scarlet Knights.

Purdue struggled with turnovers in the first half (8) and led 33-26 through 20 minutes when Johnson was 5 of 6 from the field, including 4 of 4 from 3-point range, for 14 points, but the Scarlet Knights missed a chance to pull closer when the rest of their roster was 5 of 22 from the field.

Haas had eight first-half points, and Dakota Mathias and Carsen Edwards each added six. The Boilermakers outrebounded the Scarlet Knights 23-10 in the first half.

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: The Boilermakers are 7-1 since a Jan. 12 loss at Iowa and continue to impress with a blend of interior and perimeter offense, plus great man-to-man defense when they need it.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Having won four in a row and seven of eight, Purdue would be positioned to rise in the next poll if it can beat Michigan State on Saturday in Mackey Arena.

MONSTERS IN MACKEY

Since losing on New Year's Day to Minnesota in overtime in Mackey Arena, Purdue has beaten Wisconsin, Illinois, Penn State, Northwestern and Rutgers on Keady Court by an average margin of 19.8 points. Now 6-1 at home in Big Ten play, the Boilermakers have Michigan State on Saturday and Indiana on Feb. 28 left at home.

UP NEXT

Purdue: The Boilermakers host Michigan State on Saturday.


 

 

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