WEST LAFAYETTE – Dakota Mathias, Vince Edwards and P.J Thompson combined for 46 first-half points and the 19th ranked Purdue Boilermakers made 13 of 18 shots from 3-point range before halftime, crushing Fairfield 106-64 on Saturday night.
Mathias, Edwards and Thompson – all seniors – were a collective 13 of 15 from beyond the arc during the first 20 minutes when the Boilermakers (4-0) built a commanding 58-28 lead against the previously unbeaten Stags (2-1).
At the half, Mathias had 18 points, Edwards 16 and Thompson 12. Mathias finished with a game-best 23 points, Vince Edwards had 21 points and 11 rebounds. Carsen Edwards scored 18 with six assists and Thompson finished with 12 points.
Fairfield, which entered allowing only 62 points a game, gave up 58 in the first half.
Purdue shot 51.4 percent from the field (38 of 74), including 19 of 31 from 3-point range (61.3 percent). The Boilermakers outrebounded the error-prone Stags 42-34. Fairfield was guilty of 22 turnovers, which led to 28 Purdue points.
The Boilermakers are 4-0 for the seventh time in coach Matt Painter‘s 13 seasons at his alma mater.