Nov. 17, 2013
Purdue 81, Rider 77
Mackey Arena (12,086) | West Lafayette, Ind.
Records: Purdue (3-0); Rider (0-2)
Purdue improved to 28-1 at home during the month of November under Matt Painter.
Purdue is now 62-5 at home against non-conference foes under Painter.
Purdue is now 9-0 all-time against teams from the Northeast Conference.
Purdue improved to 13-1 all-time against teams from the state of Connecticut.
Purdue has scored 75-plus points in three straight games for the first time since Feb. 22-29, 2012 (vs. Nebraska,  Michigan and Penn State) ... dating back to last year, Purdue has now scored 75 points in five straight games for the first time since Dec. 21, 2010 to Jan. 9, 2011.
Purdue's bench scored 45 points tonight and has now scored 94 points in the last two games combined.
Purdue is now 3-0 for the sixth time in Matt Painter's nine years at Purdue ... the previous five teams all made the NCAA Tournament.
After going 16-of-20 from the free throw line in the opener, Purdue is now just 30-of-55 (.545) from the charity stripe in the last two games.
Purdue is now 2-0 on the season in games decided by six or fewer points ... last season, Purdue was just 1-6 in those situations.
Purdue closed the game on a 35-22 run over last 15 minutes of the game after Rider led by nine (55-46) ... Boilers have trailed by at least nine points in two of their three victories (NKU, Rider).
Purdue shot over 50.0 percent for the second straight game, the first time that has happened since doing it three straight times at the end of the 2011-12 season.
Purdue had four players score in double figures for the third straight game, first time that has happened since Jan. 13-19, 2012.
Purdue has had single-digit turnovers (9) in each of the last two games.
Purdue started the game 2-of-2 from three-point range on its first two possessions, but went just 1-of-13 for the remainder of the game.
Eleven different players played at least 11 minutes and no player saw more than 31 minutes of action.
Purdue was whistled for 27 fouls in the contest ... the Boilermakers entered the game committing just 33 fouls in the first two games combined.
A.J. Hammons moved into 10th place on school's career blocked shots list with two more tonight ... now has 76 career blocked shots.
Sterling Carter recorded his first double-figure scoring game during his time at Purdue with 13 points ... he also added a career-high four steals and three assists ... for his career, Carter now has 783 points and 174 three-pointers.
Ronnie Johnson has scored in double figures in seven straight games, averaging 15.7 ppg in that span ... during the stretch, he is shooting 43-of-80 from the field.
Terone Johnson tallied 14 points for his fifth straight double-figure game ... he now has 976 career points.
Bryson Scott recorded his first career double-figure game with 11 points.
Jay Simpson's five rebounds made him the team leader for the first time in his career ... he added eight points and two assists in 17 minutes and is now averaging 19.1 ppg, 12.1 rpg and 3.0 apg per 40 minutes of action.
Errick Peck saw his streak of six straight games scoring in double figures end tonight when he scored just five points in 16 minutes.