Most knew Purdue was going to need a premium effort to take down No. 13 Michigan State tonight in Mackey Arena. Honestly, the Boilers didn't give a horrible effort. This may have been one of their better games in Big Ten season for the Boilers, if you forget about their perimeter defense.
Michigan State hit 13 out of 19 3-pointers in the first half and just ONE out of three from inside the arc. Think about that for a minute. Just crazy. Yes, Purdue's close-outs and defense could've been much better, but when you're hot, you're hot. There wasn't much Purdue was going to do tonight to shut down the Spartans.
Gary Harris played like he had some kind of vendetta against Purdue, going 6-of-9 from 3-point range and 7-for-11 overall for a game-high 25 points. Adrien Payne added 23 for the Spartans.
Purdue was led by 19 from Kendall Stephens, including a 4-for-5 3-point barrage of his own. Ronnie Johnson added 17 for the Boilers.
There were two interesting personnel moves for the Boilers tonight. First, they started both A.J. Hammons and Jay Simpson, allowing Simpson to guard Payne and attempting to save some foul trouble on Hammons. That's great, except for three minutes into the game and suddenly both of Purdue's usual 5-men are winded, leaving Purdue to go to Travis Carroll at the five.
The second interesting move was when Painter (finally?) benched Terone Johnson in favor of Kendall Stephens to start the second half. Stephens was the hot hand, but it was still surprising to see Painter put Terone on the bench.
In a game like this, there really wasn't - in my opinion - much Purdue could do. MSU was hot, and it was just one of those nights. On to the next one.