Going into the game, Trevion Williams had struggled to find a rhythm despite an impressive freshman showing. He had failed to score double-digits, with game highs of just 9 points. It took him one run, and less than 10 minutes into the game for him to score 9 points, bullying his way inside against an outmatched Jacksonville St. team, making his first 4 shots. It set the pace for a Purdue team gearing up for the Emerald Coast semi-final on Friday in Destin, Florida.
Williams set the pace and the rest of the Boilers cruised from there, dismantling Jacksonville St. 81-49.
Jahaad Proctor came into the game as Purdue’s leading scorer, but the transfer senior made a big impact earlier creating shots for others. He had five assists in the first half. He got going scoring the ball in the second half and finished the game with 14 points and 5 assists.
Purdue attacked Jacksonville St. with a balanced scoring attack.
Matt Haarms paced the team with 17 points, and securing 10 rebounds for a double-double. The big man blocked three more shots as he aims for Big Ten’s defensive player of the year.
Eric Hunter Jr. continues to be the team’s leading play maker and a stat-steet stuffer. He had 7 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds.
Nojel Eastern had a promising game, showing confidence with his jumper, knocking down three jumpers in the game for his 6 points.
Sasha Stefanovic and Aaron Wheeler both knocked in two three-pointers.
Evan Boudreaux had his best game of the year scoring 9 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Purdue will have most of the week off before they travel to Destin for the Emerald Coast Classic on Friday when they will play VCU at 9:30.