West Lafayette– The Purdue Men’s Basketball team set a new record for three pointers in a game with 18 and scored over the century mark for the first time since 2013 to rout Vermont 107-79 Sunday afternoon in Mackey Arena. (Stats)
Purdue started the game hot as they jumped out to a 9-2 run after Issac Haas, who was starting again for A.J. Hammons, hit his first three shots and Vince Edwards added a three pointer in the first three and a half minutes of the game. Vermont was able to cut the lead down to five at the first media timeout, then Purdue would go on an 8-0 run to take a 17-4 lead, causing Vermont to call a time out.
After the timeout Vermont was able to cut the lead to six, but Purdue once again was able to respond. Purdue would go on a 13-5 run to balloon their lead to 32-16 with just under nine minutes in the first half. Purdue would continue to maintain a 11 to 16 point lead throughout the remainder of the half. The first half was an incredibly high scoring one as Purdue went to halftime up 60-45, six points away for the most points in a half in school history.
Purdue shot a blistering 52% from the three point line, and 55% from the field. Haas and Kendall Stephens led Purdue in terms of first half scoring, as both had 11. Purdue gave up 48% shooting from the field and 40% from the three point line.
The second half is where Purdue would do it’s damage, especially from behind the three point line.
Purdue didn’t score in the first three minutes of the game, however once the halftime lull wore off Purdue went on a huge run. Purdue would go on a 17-4 run over the next three minutes to take a commanding 77-57 lead with just under thirteen minutes in the game. Purdue would be efficient shooting the basketball the rest of the game, hitting the century mark with five minutes left in the game.
For the game Purdue hit 50% of their three point baskets and shot 55% from the field. However all wasn’t well for the Boilers as they only made 63% of their free throws and gave up 48% shooting to Vermont. Purdue had six players in double figures again, with Dakota Mathias scoring 17 and Haas scoring 16. Caleb Swanigan again had a monster game for the Boilermakers as he had another double-double scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds, including two three pointers. Purdue also had 24 assists on 36 baskets and only five turnovers.
Next for Purdue they host Incarnate World on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m.