Nov. 22, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --
Playing for the final time at home until Dec. 4, the Purdue men's basketball team faces Siena in a noon tipoff at Mackey Arena on Sunday. It will be the Boilermakers' final tune-up before hitting the road for the first time in 2013-14 as they head to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., for the Old Spice Classic.
Food Drive Week -- Bring cans of food to help those less fortunate in the community.
Kids Club Game -- Kids club members get 2 free tickets to the game. Kids club members who bring their badge can participate in a post-game shoot around on the court as well as an exclusive tour of the locker room!
Boilermakers Close Out Homestand Sunday Against Siena
The Purdue (4-0) men's basketball team closes out its season-long five-game homestand on Sunday, starting action in the Old Spice Classic as Siena comes to Mackey Arena for a noon tipoff. The contest will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Chris Denari and Shon Morris on the call. Fans can also listen to the game on the Purdue Sports Network and SIRIUS (Ch. 138) and XM (Ch. 204) Satellite Radio 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.
The Last Meeting
March 19, 2010
Purdue Holds Off Upset-Hungry Siena 72-64
Keaton Grant ignited the decisive run that rallied fourth-seeded Purdue past No. 13 seed Siena 72-64 on Friday in the first round of NCAA tournament's South Regional.
Purdue is coming off undoubtedly its best defensive performance of the season, leading from start to finish in an 83-55 win over Eastern Illinois on Wednesday night. The Boilermakers held the Panthers to defensive season lows in field goal percentage (.328) and points allowed (55). Meanwhile, Purdue showed off its balance yet again as eight players scored at least six points and was led by Bryson Scott's
14 points and six rebounds in 15 minutes. Ronnie Johnson
continued his efficient season with a 10-point, eight-assist, one-turnover performance in just 24 minutes of action.
Purdue enters the contest with a 4-0 mark and is excelling on the offensive end of the floor. The Boilermakers are second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.496) and third in scoring (87.5), despite having no players rank in the top 18 individually in scoring. Matt Painter
has 10 players averaging at least 5.3 points per game, led by Ronnie Johnson's
13.8 points and 4.8 assists per game. Johnson is fifth in the Big Ten in both field goal percentage (.600) and assists (4.8). Terone Johnson
, who needs 15 points for 1,000 in his career, is second on the team at 12.5 points per game. Defensively, the Boilermakers are allowing 70.2 points per game and foes are shooting 38.1 percent against the Purdue defense.
Siena enter's Friday's tilt with Cornell with a 1-3 mark after topping St. Bonaventure, 72-70, on Tuesday night. Siena will play Cornell on Friday night at 7 p.m., then travel to West Lafayette (via plane) to face Purdue for its second game in just 41 hours. Siena's losses have been to Albany in the opener (74-62), Vermont (77-66) and a good La Salle squad (78-74).
Junior Rob Poole paces the Saints in scoring at 15.5 points per game and chips in at 5.3 rebounds per game. He leads the team with seven three-pointers. Freshman Lavon Long averages 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest. Siena is shooting 40.2 percent from the field and 29.2 percent from long distance in averaging 68.5 points per game. The Saints have seven freshmen on their roster, including three of their top five scorers.
Matt Painter is in his ninth year at Purdue owning a 180-95 record. He passed Ray Eddy (1951-65) for third place on the school's career wins list in the season-opening win over Northern Kentucky. He won his 200th career game last year in an 89-73 win over Minnesota and owns a 205-100 career record in his 10th year as a head coach.
Siena's Jimmy Patsos is in his first year at Siena, after serving as the head coach at Loyola (Md.) for nine years. Owning a 146-138 record, Patsos took a one-win Loyola squad in 2004 to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 (24-9).