Aug. 15, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue rising junior guard Lewis Jackson capped off his European experience over the weekend by setting East Coast All-Stars single-game records with nine assists and six steals in a 100-73 victory over Paris Select.
Jackson averaged 9.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.3 steals and 2.8 rebounds per contest during the East Coast All-Stars' tour of Geneva and Paris.
The Decatur, Ill., native opened with a 13-point, four-assist effort against Switzerland's national team before coming back a night later with six points, five boards and five assists in a rematch with the Swiss. He also posted six points, four steals and three boards in a loss to the Tunisian national team on Thursday.
The signature performance of Jackson's trip came on Saturday against Paris Select. In addition to his record-setting nine assists and six steals, he matched his opening-game output of 13 points and teamed with Harvard's Keith Wright to spark a key 16-4 run that led to the All-Stars' 27-point victory.
The experience also included walking tours of Geneva and Paris, visits to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, and cruises on Lake Geneva and Seine River.
Jackson played 16 games for the Boilermakers in an injury-marred 2009-10 season, averaging 2.4 points and 3.4 assists per game down the stretch of Purdue's run to a share of the Big Ten title and its second-straight Sweet 16 appearance. In 52-career games, the Decatur, Ill., native has averages of 4.8 points and 3.3 assists per contest, with a 1.94 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Purdue opens exhibition play against Indianapolis on Nov. 2 before getting the regular season under way against Howard on Nov. 14. Season tickets may be purchased online at purduesports.com, by calling (800) 49-SPORT or in person at the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office.