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Dec. 8, 2016

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No. 18 Purdue (7-2) vs. Cleveland State (3-5)
Saturday, December 10, 2016 / Noon ET / ESPN3 (Zach Zaidman, Homer Drew)
West Lafayette, Indiana / Mackey Arena (14,804)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 18-ranked Purdue men's basketball team begins its non-conference stretch run Saturday as Cleveland State visits Mackey Arena for a noon tip.

Purdue aims to keep it rolling on the offensive end as the Vikings visit Mackey Arena for the first meeting between the two teams. Over the last two games, Purdue is averaging 93.5 points per game while shooting 72-of-125 (.576) from the field and 30-of-56 (.536) from 3-point range. The Boilermakers have made 15 3-pointers in consecutive games for the first time in school history.

Meanwhile, Purdue has sizzled lately from beyond the arc, now ranking second nationally in 3-point percentage (.448) and fifth in 3-pointers made per game (11.0). After starting the year shooting just 32.2 percent in the first three games, Purdue is now 77-of-154 (.500) from long distance in its last six games. Dakota Mathias has led the charge, shooting 58.8 percent (20-of-34) from 3-point range, while Ryan Cline is 13-of-21 (.619) in the last five games.

Defensively, the Boilermakers have held all eight opponents under their pregame scoring average, holding Arizona State to 21.0 points below their pregame scoring average in the last game. The improving Purdue defense is allowing just 60.0 points per game over the last two games, limiting foes to 48-of-132 (.364) from the field and 12-of-46 (.261) from 3-point range.

Purdue will return to action next Saturday in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Boilermakers will face the No. 23-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish at 2 p.m. ET.



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