Dec. 5, 2013
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Purdue 88, Boston College 67
Mackey Arena (12,926) | West Lafayette, Ind.
Purdue (7-2); Boston College (3-5)
Purdue won its fifth straight ACC / Big Ten Challenge, the longest streak of any Big Ten or ACC team ... the 21-point victory was the largest in this year's series ... Purdue is now 7-6 in the event ... the 21-point victory was Purdue's largest in its 13 Challenge contests ... Purdue's 88 points were the most for the Boilermakers in the event.
Purdue improved to 3-0 all-time against Boston College and has outscored the Eagles by 56 points in the three games (18.7 ppg) ... Purdue is now 9-0 all-time against schools from the state of Massachusetts.
It was just the second loss for Boston College in the event (now 6-2) ... Boston College had entered the event tied with Duke for the best winning percentage during the ACC / Big Ten Challenge.
Purdue had 20 assists against eight turnovers, the second-highest assist total on the season ... the 20 assists came on 36 made field goals ... Purdue also had a season-low eight turnovers with just two coming in the first half ... in the two previous games, Purdue had just 14 assists and 26 turnovers.
Purdue has scored at least 77 points this year in all six games ... for the third straight game, Purdue held its opponent to under 70 points ... in the first six games of the season, that happened just once (Eastern Illinois).
Purdue is shooting 192-of-391 (.491) from the field at Mackey Arena, averaging 86.5 points per game.
Boston College started the game 7-of-13 from the field in the first 10 minutes ... over the last 30 minutes, the Eagles went 15-of-45 (.333) from the field.
Purdue's bench scored 29 points and went 12-of-24 (.500) from the field with 11 assists and 19 rebounds in 95 minutes of action.
Purdue's freshmen combined for 32 points on 14-of-24 (.583) shooting from the field.
Purdue started three freshmen for the first time in 2013-14 ... last season, three freshmen started in 17-of-34 games.
A.J. Hammons and Jay Simpson combined for 15 points, 16 rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists in 37 minutes of action from the center position.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...
Purdue is now 159-47 under Painter when holding foes to 69 points or less.
Purdue is now 117-23 under Painter at Mackey Arena.
Purdue is now 65-5 under Matt Painter at Mackey Arena against non-conference foes.
Purdue is now 93-34 under Painter against non-conference foes.
Purdue is now 47-15 under Painter during the month of December.
Purdue is now 6-3 in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge under Matt Painter.
Purdue is 51-12 under Painter in games decided by 20 or more points.
Purdue is now 150-26 under Painter when leading at halftime.
Purdue is now 74-7 under Painter when shooting 48.0 percent or better.
Purdue is 150-19 under Painter when shooting a higher percentage than its foe.
Purdue is now 46-6 under Painter when scoring at least 90 points.
Terone Johnson moved into 42nd place on the school's career scoring list with 1,054 points (18 tonight) ... needs just six points to move into the top 40 (Bob Purkiser is 40th -- 1,060 points) ... his 18 points matched a Navy-team high this year (Bryson Scott had 18 vs. Oklahoma State; Ronnie Johnson had 18 vs. Northern Kentucky).
Basil Smotherman is now shooting 21-of-32 (.656) on the season and in the last eight games, is now 21-of-30 (.700) ... four of his 21 field goals have been dunks ... he played a career-high 22 minutes and made his first career three-pointer.
Ronnie Johnson scored in double figures for the 13th straight game with 15 points, six assists and three rebounds ... it was his third 15-point, six-assist game of his career (last year vs. Michigan State and Santa Clara).
Kendall Stephens scored 11 points in 10 minutes, all of it coming in the first half ... Stephens went 3-of-3 from long distance and now is 19-of-45 (.422) on the season from long distance ... it marked his fourth game this year (out of nine) with at least three 3-ptrs ... his 11 points tied a career high and he has hit a trifecta in six straight games.
Jay Simpson grabbed a career-high eight rebounds in just 17 minutes ... per 40 minutes this year, Simpson is averaging 14.2 rebounds per game.
A.J. Hammons blocked three more shots and now has 99 for his career (in 42 games) ... Hammons dished out two assists and had no turnovers after having six turnovers vs. Siena on Sunday ... over the last four games, Hammons is averaging 8.8 rebounds per game in 22.3 minutes per contest.
Rapheal Davis dished out a career-high five assists in just 23 minutes and recorded his first career "statsheet stuffer" game (at least five in three different categories) with six points, six rebounds and five assists.