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Purdue 77, Penn State 52: Domination On a Saturday Afternoon

Boilermakers take care of the Nittany Lions at home.

NCAA Basketball: Penn State at Purdue Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Boilermakers jumped out to a double-digit lead early and the game never got close as Purdue moves to 16-4 on the season and 5-2 in B10 play.

Despite early foul trouble by Isaac Haas, the Boilers were able to dominate on both ends of the floor. As most games this season, it starts in ends with another Caleb Swanigan double-double, his 16th of the year. This variety came with 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting and featured another 12 rebounds on the year. He also added 4 assists on the year, an impressive all around showing for the still B10 player of the year favorite.

Joining Caleb in double figure scoring was Vincent Edwards with 10 points to go along with his 7 rebounds, 13 points from freshman Carsen Edwards on an efficient 5 of 8 from the floor, Dakota Mathias with 10 points including two 3-pointers.

Spike Albrecht played 17 minutes and was one of five Boilermakers with at least 3 assists. Ball movement, size, and solid defense was the story of the game for the Boilermakers. The Penn State offense, normally a top-25 paced team, struggled to get off any looks, let alone good ones. They shot a collective 20 of 64 from the floor.

Mike Watkins, who scored 6 points on 3 of 5 shooting, was the only Penn State player to shoot above 50% from the half.

Purdue had been 53-59 in their previous 3 games from the free throw line, but they struggled today, making 9 of 15, but it didn’t matter. They shot 30 of 56 from the floor overall and 8 of 20 from beyond the 3 point line.

This was a boring game in the sense of drama. Purdue came out and shot the lights out of it and gave themselves an early double-digit cushion and they held control of the ball game throughout. Purdue will now set its sights on a road trip to Michigan State on Tuesday feeling good that they took care of business against the Nittany Lions.