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• Purdue improved to 13-2 with its eighth win of 25 or more points this year in a 98-66 win over Lipscomb ... Purdue's 13-2 start is the sixth-best 15-game start in school history and it's the second 13-2 start or better in the last three years.
• Purdue has won nine straight games, now tied for the fourth-longest win streak in America (Michigan State - 12; West Virginia - 12; Auburn - 10; Purdue, Xavier, Oklahoma - 9).
• Purdue has now won 16 straight home games, now tied for the fifth-longest homecourt win streak in America.
• Purdue won 28 games during the 2017 calendar year, the third most in a calendar year in school history (2010 - 30; 1998 - 29).
• Purdue has won 16 straight games in December ... Purdue's last loss came on Dec. 19, 2015, against Butler.
• Purdue improved to 11-2 under Matt Painter in the first game after the Holiday break.
• Purdue recorded nine more blocks to run its season total to 95 blocked shots in 15 games ... Purdue had 87 blocked shots in 35 games all of last year.
• Lipscomb made its first six 3-point attempts, but then made just four of its last 19 shots from deep ... Lipscomb also had one turnover in the first half, but had 10 in the second half.
• Purdue has won 91 straight games when scoring 90 or more points, last losing on Nov. 24, 1987, to Iowa State.
• Purdue is 11-0 this year when shooting at least 48.0 percent from the field ... Purdue has won 14 straight games when shooting 48.0 percent or better from the field.
• Purdue's senior class scored 60 points in the victory ... it marked the third time this year that the senior class scored at least 60 points.
• Purdue has shot at least 52.0 percent from the field in four straight games ... over the last four games, Purdue has shot 54.5 percent from the field, 44.0 percent from 3-point range and averaged 90.8 points per game.
• Purdue has made 27-of-53 (.509) from 3-point range in the last two games.
• Purdue had four players with 15 or more points for the second time this season (Chicago State, Lipscomb).
Vincent Edwards recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 23 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists ... his 15 rebounds were a career high ... Purdue is now 55-13 during his career when he scores in double-figures.
Isaac Haas scored 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
• Purdue is now 26-4 when Carsen Edwards scores 10 or more points in a game during his career ... Edwards had 18 points, five rebounds and three assists in the win.
Dakota Mathias scored 15 points and Purdue is 33-6 during his career when he scores 10 or more points ... he connected on three 3-pointers and Purdue is 49-10 during his career when he makes multiple triples in a game.
Matt Haarms had nine points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots ... it marked his sixth game (in 15 games) of four or more blocked shots already this year - the fifth-highest total in the country.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's focus now is on defending its Big Ten championship after the 14th-ranked Boilermakers beat Lipscomb 98-66 on Saturday night to close out nonconference play.

''We've already kind of started Big Ten play so it's a little bit different,'' Purdue coach Matt Painter said. ''We've put ourself in a good position, and our next game's a home game.''

The Boilermakers already have wins over Maryland and Northwestern from conference games in early December after a scheduling change to help end the Big Ten's regular season in late February for an early start to the conference tournament.

But Lipscomb didn't make the end of the nonconference season easy for Purdue.

Vincent Edwards had 23 points and 15 rebounds, andIsaac Haas added 19 points and seven rebounds, and Carsen Edwards scored 18 points for the Boilermakers (13-2). They haven't lost a game played in December in the last two years.

Purdue had a 12-2 run early in the second half to finally begin to pull away, and Dakota Mathias, who finished with 15 points, scored to give the Boilermakers a 59-43 lead with 16:04 remaining. Purdue later used a 13-0 run to put it away.

''(Lipscomb) got in a little bit of a hurry in the second half and we were able to disrupt them,'' Painter said. ''We started the second half by getting Isaac involved, and going to him. And Vince Edwards really opened some things up. After you get a little bit of a lead, they're not quite as patient and it just kind of snowballed from there.''

Vincent Edwards scored back-to-back 3-pointers and then made three free throws to put the Boilermakers ahead 75-52 with 9:33 left to play. Before that, the Bison (9-5) wouldn't let Purdue go on a run big enough to build a big lead.

Garrison Mathews had 25 points and five rebounds, and Matt Rose had 13 points and five rebounds for the Bison. They lost for the second time in seven games.

The Boilermakers never trailed and led by as much as eight in the first half, but the Bison found a way to tie it five times. And despite a drought of nearly five minutes without a field goal late in the first period, Purdue still had a 43-38 halftime lead.

''We've found ways to win (this season), even when it wasn't the prettiest,'' Vincent Edwards said. ''I think that's important.


The Bison made 10 3-pointers, and it shouldn't have come as a surprise considering Lipscomb ended the 2016-17 season ranked sixth in the nation in 3-point field goals made. The Bison started the game making 6-of-6, and didn't miss for the first time until the 7:09 mark in the first half when Rose missed a 3 with the game tied at 32 and a chance to take the lead. Purdue also found a groove from 3-pointe range, finishing with 12.


Lipscomb entered the game 19th in the nation forcing 17.3 turnovers a game. Both teams committed 11 turnovers each, but Purdue had five in the first half and the Bison only had one. They opened the second half with three in the first three minutes as the Boilermakers started to pull away.


Lipscomb: The Bison began the season with the best start in the school's NCAA history, and best since 1999-00 when they opened the 16-0 as part of the NAIA.

Purdue: Not only have the Boilermakers put together a long winning streak in the month of December, but they've won nine straight overall and 16 in a row at home.


Purdue: Returns to Big Ten play for the rest of the regular season, starting with a home game against Rutgers on Wednesday.





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