Swanigan Leads Purdue Past Notre Dame
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• Purdue won its first game in the Crossroads Classic, now owning a 1-5 record ... it was Purdue's first win over Notre Dame since the 1965-66 season ... Purdue is now on a four-game winning streak.
• Purdue's 17-point comeback was its largest rally since an 18-point rally against St. John's on Nov. 27, 1998 ... it was the sixth-largest rally in school history ... it was also the largest rally over a ranked team.
• Purdue's win snapped a six-game losing streak to non-conference ranked foes, dating to an NCAA Tournament win over 24th-ranked Saint Mary's in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
• Notre Dame scored 1.41 points per possession in the first half, but just 0.78 in the second half after halftime adjustments ... Purdue scored 1.02 in the first half and 1.30 in the second half.
• Purdue tied a season low with just nine turnovers, having one fewer than Notre Dame, which led the country in turnovers per game (8.2) ... Purdue had 15 points off Notre Dame's 10 turnovers.
• Purdue also outrebounded the Irish 40-30, the third straight game that Purdue has had a double-digit rebounding advantage.
• Purdue shot 19-of-23 from the free throw line, compared to Notre Dame's 7-of-8.
• Purdue's bench outscored Notre Dame's 29-14.
Dakota Mathias held Notre Dame's leading scorer, Steve Vasturia, to three points on 1-of-8 shooting ... he entered the game averaging 16.6 per game.
• Purdue entered the game 21st in the country in fewest fouls per game (15.8) ... the Boilermakers had just 13.
Caleb Swanigan recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 26 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high four blocks ... his 26 points was one shy of a career high (last year vs. Wisconsin) ... it marked his 16th career double-double ... Purdue is 14-2 when he records a double-double ... he surpassed 400 career rebounds in the win, coming in his 45th career game ... he is also now 9-of-14 from 3-point range after going 1-of-2 today.
Vincent Edwards tallied his third career double-double with a season-high 20 points, 10 rebounds and two assists ... Edwards surpassed 800 career points and 400 career rebounds in the victory.
Carsen Edwards recorded his sixth double-figure game of the season with 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
P.J. Thompson has now made a 3-pointer in 13 straight games after going 2-of-4 today ... Thompson had six assists against zero turnovers ... he and Dakota Mathias combined for 11 assists vs. zero turnovers today ... over the last five games, P.J. Thompson has 22 assists against two turnovers.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Caleb Swanigan had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 15 Purdue to an 86-81 victory over No. 21 Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic.

Swanigan's three-point play at the end of a 13-2 run gave the Boilermakers a 70-67 lead with 9:41 to play.

The Boilermakers (9-2) opened the second half with a 12-2 run to cut the deficit to four and then went on a 10-0 run midway through the half to take a lead.

The Fighting Irish (9-2) blew a 16-point lead against Indiana in the Crossroads Classic a year ago and lost that game 80-73.

Bonzie Colson had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Matt Farrell finished with 22 points, 10 assists and five rebounds for Notre Dame, which has lost two straight.

Purdue struggled to make baskets in the first half while Notre Dame jumped ahead and led by as many as 17 points when Martinas Geben made two free throws to put the Fighting Irish ahead 48-31 with 1:45 remaining in the first half.

Notre Dame led 52-38 at halftime.


Notre Dame: After slipping into the AP Top 25 two weeks ago, the Fighting Irish have lost two straight. Notre Dame lost to top-ranked Villanova a week ago.

Purdue: The Boilermakers needed this win after their only two losses this season came against ranked opponents - No. 11 Louisville on Nov. 30 and No. 1 Villanova in the second game of the season. The victory over Notre Dame was the first against a ranked team.


Notre Dame will look to get back on track at home against Colgate on Monday.

Purdue will take the momentum into a home game against Western Illinois on Monday.




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