The Purdue Boilermakers move to 7-2 on the season, as they take a week off to take finals, and prepare for a match-up in the Hoosier Crossroads Classic against undefeated Notre Dame. They cruise to a 77-53 win over Cleveland St. on the back of another Caleb Swanigan double-double(13 pts, 10 rbs).
While the Boilers were never in trouble, they did start the second half slowly, keeping up with a trend of being careless with the ball. The Boilermakers, after turning the ball over just 4 times in the first half, had a total of 15 turnovers. Caleb Swanigan nearly got into the triple-double column by posting 8 turnovers to go with his points and rebounds. Vincent Edwards was the only other player with multiple turnovers with 2.
The Boilers were once again led by a balanced scoring attack. Isaac Haas led the team with 14 points while hitting on 4 of his 5 free throw attempts. Dakota Mathias knocked down 4 of his 7 three-point attempts while adding 7 assists and 6 rebounds to his state sheet. Ryan Cline knocked down 2 of his 4 three point shots, lowering his season average from deep. Vincent Edwards had 11 points, getting to the line while crashing the glass for 6 rebounds and adding 4 assists.
The Boilermakers defense was steady. Forcing Cleveland St. into tough looks and protecting the glass. Rob Edwards and Bobby Word combined to go 9 of 30 from the floor as the only two Vikings to score in double figures. Overall, the Vikings were held to 31.3% from the floor and turned the ball over 14 times.
The Boilermakers had something of a cold shooting night from deep after starting off 7 of 16 in the first half, they finished at just 37.5% from three, knocking down 9 of 24 of the game. This comes off of a school record back to back games of knocking down at least 15 three pointers.
True freshman Carsen “The Truth” Edwards struggled from the floor - he finished 2 of 9 and missed all 4 of his three point attempts.
Despite a sloppy second half, the Boilers out manned, out muscled, and out played a Cleveland State team with a 3-6 record. The Boilers will look forward to finding some redemption in a week from now when they play the undefeated Fighting Irish at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.