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2017 World University Games: USA 127, United Arab Emirates 53

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This was a massacre.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Purdue vs Vermont James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

There was no streaming of this morning’s game against the United Arab Emirates, but there didn’t need to be. PurdUeSA absolutely crashed the United Emirates by 74 points, worse than the infamous blowout at Rutgers from the 2015-16 season. The Boilers put 8 players in double figures and that was even without starting point guard P.J. Thompson. P.J. missed the game with a thigh contusion, but he is expected to return for Wednesday morning’s game against the Czech Republic.

Ryan Cline was Purdue’s leading scorer, getting off of his cold streak in a big way by hitting 4 of 6 from three and finishing with 20 points. Sasha Stefanovic also got hot by hitting 5 of 8 from three for 15 points. Overall Purdue was 15 of 30 from long range. Vince Edwards had 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Nojel Eastern had 10 points and 9 assists.

Most of the starters were limited to 20 minutes because this was such a blowout. Purdue led 35-14 after a quarter and 58-24 at halftime. That means if they had not scored a single point in the second half they would have won by five.

In terms of other stats, Isaac Haas had 10 points and 5 rebounds, Dakota Mathias had 15 points, Aaron Wheeler had 11 points and 8 rebounds, and Eden Ewing had 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. Purdue ended up forcing 30 turnovers, but committed 18 turnovers in just about the only troubling stat.

This was so bad that every player on the roster (minus Thompson, of course) scored at least 5 points. Jacquil Taylor also just missed a double-double with 9 points and 9 rebounds. The quietest game was Carsen Edwards, who had only 5 points on five field goal attempts, tying him for a team low with Grady Eifert.

As expected with such a short team, Purdue was totally dominant on the glass with a 57-18 rebounding edge.

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