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Rider (0-1) at Purdue (2-0)
Sunday, November 17 | 7 p.m. (ET)
West Lafayette, Ind. | Mackey Arena (14,846)
Television: Big Ten Network (Chris Denari, Stephen Bardo)
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Larry Clisby, Ralph Taylor, Rob Blackman)
Live Stats: PurdueSports.com
Twitter Updates: @BoilerBall
Tickets: 1-800-49SPORT or PurdueSports.com
Series: First Meeting
Canned Food Drive -- Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate for people less fortunate during the Holiday season.
Boilermakers Look For 3-0 Start Sunday vs. Rider
The Purdue (2-0) men's basketball team looks to continue its improvement on Sunday night when Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference member Rider visits Mackey Arena for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The contest will be televised on the Big Ten Network (BTN) with Chris Denari and Stephen Bardo on the call. Fans can also listen to the game on the Purdue Sports Network as Larry Clisby will be joined by Ralph Taylor and Rob Blackman with the radio call courtside. Live stats will be available via Gametracker on PurdueSports.com and Twitter updates are available on the official Purdue Basketball Twitter account, @BoilerBall.
Purdue enters the contest with a 2-0 record after a one-point season-opening win over Northern Kentucky and a 36-point blowout of Central Connecticut State on Wednesday night. The Boilermakers' balance has been on display early on as five players, led by Ronnie Johnson's 14.5 points per game clip, average in double figures. Purdue has been strong on offense early, leading the Big Ten in scoring (93.0 ppg) and field goal percentage (.511) while six different players have already scored in double figures this year. Purdue has done a good job taking care of the ball, averaging just 10.5 turnovers per game and ranking fourth in the league in assist:turnover ratio (1.62).
The Boilermakers are coming off a dominating 109-73 win over Central Connecticut State on Wednesday night. Terone Johnson led five players in double figures with 17 points and Rapheal Davis added 14 points and seven rebounds in just 15 minutes. Purdue trailed by a 17-12 margin with 14:10 remaining in the first half, but used an 18-0 run over four-plus minutes to break the game open. Purdue would outscore the Blue Devils by a 42-15 advantage over the last 14 minutes. After being outrebounded by one in the first half, Purdue outrebounded the Blue Devils by 12 in the second half and the Boilermakers were credited for just two turnovers in the first half.
Rider enters the matchup with the Boilermakers with an 0-1 record after being outscored by Patriot League power, Lehigh, 92-78, last Tuesday night. The Broncs struggled on the defensive end, allowing Lehigh to shoot 58.8 percent from the field and make 14-of-23 (.609) three-point attempts. The Broncs shot 39.6 percent against the Mountain Hawks and were outrebounded by one (30-29). Rider did only commit eight turnovers and had 10 assists on its 21 made field goals.
Forward Daniel Stewart led Rider with 24 points, shooting 6-of-14 from the field and making all 10 of his free throw attempts. Anthony Myles added 12 points and three other players all scored in double figures. Myles is Rider's top returning scorer from a year ago (13.1 ppg), while Stewart averaged 7.2 rebounds in 2012-13.
Matt Painter is in his ninth year at Purdue owning a 178-95 record. He passed Ray Eddy (1951-65) for third place on the school's career wins list in last 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 203-100 career record in his 10th year as a head coach.
Rider coach Kevin Baggett owns a 19-16 career record after guiding the Broncs to a 19-15 overall record and a 12-6 record in the MAAC, good for second place, a year ago. Baggett is in his eighth season at Rider after serving as an assistant for six years. Rider's 130 wins over the last seven years are the most in the NYC Metro area.