Nov. 12, 2013
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Central Connecticut State (0-1) at Purdue (1-0
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 | 7 p.m. (ET)
West Lafayette, Ind. | Mackey Arena (14,846)
Radio: Purdue Sports Network
Live Stats: PurdueSports.com
Tickets: PurdueSports.com or 1-800-49SPORT
Series: First Meeting
Military Appreciation Night -- $20 Upper Level tickets for all military and service personnel.
Boilermakers Continue Homestand Wednesday Against CCSU
The Purdue (1-0) men's basketball team continues its season-long five-game homestand with leg two on Wednesday night when Central Connecticut State (0-1) visits Mackey Arena for a 7 p.m tipoff. The contest will be streamed online on BTDN with Tyler Goldberg and Tommy Barrett on the call. Fans can also listen to the game on the Purdue Sports Network as Larry Clisby returns for his 31st season with Purdue Basketball and will be joined by Ralph Taylor and Rob Blackman. Live stats will be available via Gametracker on PurdueSports.com and Twitter updates are available on the official Purdue Basketball Twitter account, @BoilerBall.
Purdue is coming off a thrilling, 77-76 victory over a red-hot Northern Kentucky team in Friday night's season opener in front of 13,033 fans at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers trailed by four points when the Norse's Tyler White buried a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down and 58 seconds to play. However, the Boilermakers' Errick Peck connected on a three-pointer on the next possession and Ronnie Johnson made two free throws with 12.5 seconds left to lift Purdue to the victory. NKU had two shots to win the game in the final five seconds, but both were off the mark.
Purdue showed off its balance on Friday night as four different players, led by Johnson's 18 points and five assists, scored in double figures. The Boilermakers were 27-of-58 (.466) from the field, 7-of-15 (.467) from three-point range and 16-of-20 (.800) from the free throw line, all marks that were significantly higher than last year's averages. Purdue was just even on the glass (35-35) and forced 14 turnovers, while committing 12. Jay Simpson (14 pts, 6 rebs), Peck (11 pts, 9 rebs) and Terone Johnson (10 pts, 4 rebs) all scored in double figures for Purdue.
About Central Connecticut State
Led by one of the nation's top scorers, Central Connecticut State poses a dangerous challenge to the Purdue defense. The Blue Devils are 0-1 on the young season, coming off a 93-77 setback to Yale on Saturday. CCSU led 47-40 at intermission, but saw the Bulldogs outscore it, 53-30, in the second half to cruise to the 16-point win. The Blue Devils shot 42.6 percent from the field and made 7-of-16 three-point attempts. CCSU was outrebounded badly, 44-33, sporting just one player 6-8 or taller.
The big reason for the defensive challenge is the play of guard Kyle Vinales, who scored 30 points (11-of-23 FGs, 3-of-7 3Ps) in the loss to Yale and ranked 10th nationally in scoring a year ago after averaging 21.6 points per game. Three other players (Malcolm Miller - 11; Matt Hunter - 11; Juwan Newman - 10) all scored double figures for CCSU, which led by 17 points (63-46) with 14:12 to play before getting outscored 47-14 down the stretch.
Matt Painter is in his ninth year at Purdue owning a 177-95 record. He passed Ray Eddy (1951-65) for third place on the school's career wins list in Friday's 77-76 win over Northern Kentucky. He won his 200th career game last year in an 89-73 win over Minnesota on March 9 and owns a 202-100 career record in his 10th year as a head coach.
Longtime CCSU head coach Howie Dickenman is in his 19th year as a head coach, all coming at his alma mater, compiling a 262-242 career record. He has guided the Blue Devils to three NCAA Tournament appearances (2000, 2002, 2007) and coached five Northeast Conference Player of the Year recipients.