It wasn't pretty for the middle part of the game, but Purdue was able to pull away at the end. Games like this are hard to get up for, but a quick start built a lead that Coppin State never really threatened. Robbie Hummel carried the load, notching 24 points and 8 rebounds. The Johnsons led the bench charge as Terone added 11 while Anthony added 10. Jacob Lawson had an impressive game off the bench, scoring 6 points and grabbing 8 rebounds.
Even though we won by 21, I'm still worried about the amount of 3's this team is taking. Today, the Boilers went 12 for 34 from downtown. 34 three attempts! That is insane. If we run into a cold shooting night, we are going to be in a boatload of trouble. However, Ryne Smith seems to be in the groove that he was at the start of the Big 10 season last year and added 4 more threes to his total today.
Lawson continues to impress me and I will be shocked if he isn't starting by the time Big 10 play rolls around. Sandi Marcius is still extremely raw and is next to useless against a zone defense. Travis Carroll seems to regress every game and I have doubts about his long term projections as a Boiler. Lawson adds athleticism to the post position and he looks more polished than JaJuan Johnson did at this point in his career.
Overall, I'm not going to complain about a win, especially a 21 point win. We can all see what needs to be worked on and I expect Coach Painter to get things righted. Miami comes to town on Tuesday, which should provide for an interesting matchup. I expect us to win and get things straightened out before our next test at Xavier.
I leave you now to prep for the Bucket Game. Remember: Get the Bucket, get a bowl. Let's do it.