It’s 15 in a row for the #3 team in the nation as Purdue goes into Iowa and runs the Hawkeyes 87-64.
There was a moment when the Hawkeyes looked prime for an upset. After a scoreless first two minutes, Iowa went up 3-0, and then that moment was over. The Boilermakers would go on a 24-3 run in the next 7 minutes and the game was never close from there. Purdue was making uncontested 3’s while the Hawkeyes struggled to get any clean looks.
The only real drama was whether Purdue was whether Purdue’s performance from three was going to be extraordinary or historic. With Cline’s late three-pointer, Purdue set a new team record for made three-points at 20. 20 made threes also tied the Big Ten record for most made 3’s in a game for a Big Ten team on the road.
Once again Purdue was led by their two Edwards. Carsen Edwards continued his hot shooting from range, knocking down 6 of his 9 three-point shots on his way to 22 points that he combined with 8 assists and 0 turnovers. Edwards has now made at least 3 three-pointers in his last 4 games. He’s 17 of 36 over those last 4 games. It’s his tenth straight game of attempting at least 5 three-pointers in a game.
As our favorite Dan Dakich pointed out in the broadcast, the sophomore is forcing his way into the conversation about B10 player of the year. He’s now a top 10 player in the entire nation on Kenpom.
Not to be out done, Vincent Edwards scored 19 points on just 11 shots. He knocked down 8 of his 11 field goal attempts and 3 of his 5 three-point attempts. He’s scored 19 points in four of his last five games. He scored 15 of his points in the first half.
P. J. Thompson came onto the scene early, breaking out with a 14 point scoring output. 12 of his points came from behind the line on 6 three-point attempts. It’s his first double-digit scoring night in B10 play since Purdue’s conference opener against Maryland all the way back on December 1st.
Isaac Haas finished with just with just 3 points after scoring just 2 points against Wisconsin earlier in the week. He made his only field goal attempt but missed 3 of his 4 free throw attempts. It’s his lowest scoring output in back to back games since his freshman year.
Dakota Mathias had a quiet 12 points, all on made three-pointers. He was 4 of 6 from there while grabbing 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
While the 87-64 score looks lopsided, the game was even more out of reach than that. The Hawkeyes never challenged and Purdue continues to look dominant in the B10.
They will play host to Michigan on Thursday in what will be a highly anticipated rematch after Purdue won by 1 in Ann Arbor two weeks ago.