Purdue hangs on for 74-69 win over Northwestern

After an 80-75 win for Purdue against Maryland to open Big Ten play, the Boilermakers followed the game up with another win over a conference opponent. Purdue on the same day as landing the Foster Farms Bowl, beat Northwestern 74-69 in Basketball to win their fourth straight game improving to 8-2 on the year.

First Half Summary

The opening half for Purdue started out the game very well before Northwestern would catch up and tie it at 33-33 going into the break. The Boilermakers started out the game on a 19-9 run for the first 10 minutes in the half, with an offense in sync. Northwestern would respond by tying the game at 25-25 and then taking the 27-25 lead with under 4 minutes left. Purdue would then go on a small 5-2 run giving them their lead back before losing it again to a tied ball game with the buzzer sounding.

Second Half Summary

The final half of action was a great one for the Boilermakers who pulled away by just enough points to earn a well-deserved win. The second half was a battle for Purdue that they did not want to fight, being a close game. Purdue opened the final half on a great note with a 6-2 scoring run giving them the lead at 39-35. It does not sound like some of the lofty 19-9 runs you see, but it was very good considering the kind of half the Boilermakers were forced to play. A clear-cut winner of the game was not decided until the final minute where Northwestern actually led 69-67. Purdue would make the final scoring run of the half with a 7-0 run which was crucial in the huge moment. Northwestern did not score again after taking the lead, and Purdue’s run ultimately earned them the win.

Individual Player Performances

Isaac Haas: 26 points (8/13 FG, 10/14 FT), 9 rebounds, 28 minutes

Ryan Cline: 13 points (5/7 FG, 3/4 3PT), 1 rebound, 2 assists, 25 minutes

Vincent Edwards: 12 points (4/12 FG, 0/3 3PT, 4/6 FT), 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 37 minutes

Going Inside the Numbers

Shooting: The Boilermakers shot 26-53 (49.1%) on field goals, 6-18 (33.3%) on three-pointers, and 16-24 (66.7%) on free throws. Northwestern was not able to replicate Purdue’s numbers only shooting 30-63 (47.6%) on field goals, 6-20 (30.0%) on three-pointers, and 3-5 (60.0%) from the charity stripe. Purdue’s numbers were better than some of their wins but just right for Saturday’s game against Northwestern.

Rebounding: Purdue just like their previous game against Maryland was solid in the Battle for Boards, just needing the slightest improvement. The Boilermakers hauled in 33 total rebounds including 10 on offense and 23 on defense. What was surprising was the Wildcats matched the rebounding numbers with the same exact totals on offense and defense.

Everywhere Else: Purdue dished out 15 assists, stole the ball 2 times, rejected 5 shots, and only committed 7 turnovers and 9 personal fouls. Northwestern racked up 17 assists, 5 steals, 4 blocks, and 7 turnovers while committing more personal fouls (18).

Noteworthy (Purdue Athletics Department)

  • Purdue improved to 128-46 all-time against Northwestern, having won five straight games against the Wildcats
    • The 128 wins are the most against a single opponent
      • Purdue is 41-5 all-time against Northwestern at Mackey Arena.
  • Purdue is 2-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 2014-15 and the fifth time in Painter’s 13 years at Purdue
  • Purdue head coach Matt Painter won his 298th career game and is now 273-144 in 13 years at Purdue.
  • Purdue won its 12th game in a row at Mackey Arena, the 11th-longest streak nationally … Purdue is 5-0 at Mackey Arena this year and has won eight straight games against Big Ten foes in Mackey Arena.
  • Purdue improved to 17-4 since the start of last year against teams from the state of Indiana and bordering states.
  • Purdue’s 37 wins at home since the start of the 2015-16 season are now tied for the seventh most nationally
  • Purdue improved to 7-0 this year and 24-2 since the start of last year when shooting 48.0 percent or better
  • Purdue’s seven turnovers were its fewest in a Big Ten game since having four against Rutgers on Jan. 18, 2016.
  • Isaac Haas scored a career-high 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting
    • Haas moved past Carl Landry into 33rd on the career scoring list
  • Matt Haarms blocked four shots to give him 32 on the season

Next Game

Purdue will face the only remaining undefeated team in Indiana, Valparaiso, on Thursday at 6:30 PM Eastern on Fox Sports 1.

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