Dru Anthrop has shown such a spirited effort that Coach Matt Painter decided to stick him in the starting lineup for their game against Vicenza All-Star. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE
Rapheal Davis had an impressive game, scoring a game-high 23 points, leading the Boilers to a 105-69 win and advancing their record to a 2-1 mark. Davis was 11 of 14 from the floor with five rebounds and three steals. He was honored as the player of the game. Purdue dominated the boards with 27 offensive rebounds. The Boilers broke the hundred mark by shooting 51.8 percent with a mark of 56.9 percent inside the arc.
A.J. Hammons and Donnie Hale both had double-doubles on the night. Hammons had 13 points with 13 rebounds while Hale had 11 points with 12 rebounds. We have seen some solid play from these guys early which is hopefully a sign of what is yet to come. Anthony Johnson was also in double figures with 14 points despite being in foul trouble most of the game and only playing 14 minutes. Sandi Marcius didn't rebound as well in this game as he has in the past two with only four rebounds. So far, through all three games, Dru Anthrop has lead the team in steals with a total of 10. He has been doing so well, Painter put him in the starting lineup for this game. Jacob Lawson had a good defensive night with two blocks.
This team continues to show what they are capable of. This years recruits already are showing that they can contribute right away which excites me for next years recruits coming together with the team. We should have no excuse for being bad in years to come. I am glad to see Davis doing so well and I can't wait to see what he can put together in Big Ten play. The fact that Hale continues to impress is another great thing to see.
Matt Painter's squad will leave Venice on Wednesday and travel to Lake Como for a day of rest and relaxation. On Thursday they will take a boat tour before playing their final game against Amici del Campetto at 8:00pm local time or 2:00pm ET in the states.