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Purdue is now 10-2 (or better) for the sixth time in Matt Painter's 12 years at Purdue ... Purdue improved to 6-0 all-time against Western Illinois and is now 16-0 all-time against current members of the Summit League.
Purdue has won five straight games by a combined 128 points (25.6 points per game).
Purdue is 29-2 in its last 31 games at Mackey Arena ... since the start of last year, Purdue is 36-11.
The win was Purdue's 596th all-time at Mackey Arena (now 596-137) in its 50th year in the building.
Purdue has won seven of its 10 games by 21 or more points.
Purdue recorded a season-low six turnovers and now has just 15 turnovers over the last two games ... Purdue recorded assists on 19-of-27 made field goals.
Purdue is now 120-4 under Matt Painter when holding teams to 59 points or less.
Purdue has held all 11 possible opponents under their pregame scoring average, seven of them by more than 12 points ... Western Illinois entered the game averaging 69.8 points per game (held to 50).
Purdue tied a season low with just five 3-pointers.
Purdue won the rebounding battle by 22 rebounds, the fourth straight game with a rebound margin of at least plus-10.
Purdue's big three of Isaac Haas, Caleb Swanigan and Vincent Edwards combined for 55 points, 33 rebounds and eight assists.
With Caleb Swanigan's 21 points, Purdue has already had 11, 20-point performances this year ... the Boilermakers had 13 all of last year.
Purdue was whistled for just 12 fouls, the fifth time in the last seven games that Purdue has had 13 or fewer fouls.
Purdue had five runs of 7-0 or longer and now have 30 such runs on the season ... Purdue has had 15 runs of 10-0 or longer compared to just one for opponents.
Purdue shot 30 free throws to Western Illinois' four ... for the season, Purdue has now MADE 187 free throws; foes have shot 140.
Caleb Swanigan recorded his ninth double-double of the season and 17th of his career with 21 points and 21 rebounds.
Swanigan now has two 20-20 games this year (McNeese State); the rest of college basketball has two combined.
Swanigan joins Blake Griffin, DeJuan Blair, Michael Beasley and Tim Duncan with multiple 20-20 games in a season in the last 20 years (major-conference players).
Swanigan's 15 defensive rebounds tied a school history (with Brad Miller).
Swanigan became the fourth Purdue player in school history with multiple 20-20 games in a season (William Franklin - 1974; Dave Schellhase - 1964; Terry Dischinger - 1962, 1960).
Swanigan's 21 rebounds tied for the eighth most in a game in school history ... most since William Franklin vs. Northwestern (Jan. 29, 1972).
Vincent Edwards tallied 16 points (7-of-9 FGs) with six rebounds and six assists ... over the last five games (since coming off bench), Edwards is averaging 14.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.
Isaac Haas tallied 18 points, his highest-scoring output since scoring 26 points vs. Utah State ... he went 12-of-13 from the free throw line and is now 22-of-24 from the line in the last four games.
P.J. Thompson tallied nine points with five assists against zero turnovers ... in the last six games, Thompson is averaging 9.2 points and 4.5 assists, turning it over just twice ... he now has an assist/turnover ratio of 4.44 (40/9) this year, including 13.50 (27/2) over the last six games ... Thompson has made a 3-pointer in 14 straight games dating to last year.
''It's demoralizing for the other team when (Swanigan) is out there doing what he does,'' the 7-foot-2 Haas said.
Swanigan had 21 points and a career-best 21 rebounds, Haas scored 18 points, and the 15th-ranked Boilermakers beat Western Illinois 82-50 on Monday.
Swanigan went 7 for 16 from the field and 6 for 7 at the free-throw line in his ninth double-double of the season. He had 26 points and 10 rebounds in Saturday's 86-81 victory against No. 25 Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic.
''It's the mindset I have every game,'' said Swanigan, who accomplished his impressive line in just 28 minutes. ''You have to go every time, and that's what I try to do every game. We just keep coming at you in waves. We are used to it, because we practice against each other every day.''
Purdue (10-2) also got 16 points from Vince Edwards in its fifth consecutive victory.
Mike Miklusak, an Indiana native who attended high school 85 miles from the Purdue campus, led Western Illinois (3-8) with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Western Illinois shot 31 percent (19 for 61) from the field.
The Boilermakers improved to 6-0 all-time against the Leathernecks.
Swanigan, Haas and Vince Edwards combined for 33 points and 17 rebounds in the first half, helping Purdue to a 44-28 lead at the break.
''There were a lot of rebounds to be had tonight, but Caleb plays really hard,'' Purdue coach Matt Painter said. ''It's contagious when your best player plays harder than everybody else. Basketball means a lot to him. There are lots of demands once a player gets to college, but he puts in the extra work every day.''
The Boilermakers raced out to a 13-3 lead, but Western Illinois closed to 27-22 with 6:16 remaining on a 3-pointer from Miklusak. The Boilermakers then responded with a 12-0 run.
Purdue: Big Ten Player of the Week Swanigan continues to dominate at both ends of the floor, a big reason why the Boilermakers are unbeaten since a Nov. 30 loss at Louisville. If Purdue defeats Norfolk State on Wednesday, it will take an 11-2 record into the Dec. 28 Big Ten opener against Iowa.
Swanigan, whose nickname is ''Biggie,'' is averaging 20 points and 13.7 rebounds in the past three games, making 24 of 43 field-goal attempts against Cleveland State, Notre Dame and now Western Illinois.
Purdue: The Boilermakers host Norfolk State on Wednesday night.