The Boilermakers and Seminoles continued a trend of the Emerald Coast Classic - hard play, great defense, lots of turnovers, and ugly offense. Purdue and Florida St. battled to a draw in regulation, and continued to battle into overtime, where the Seminoles were able to just push ahead and win narrowly, 63-60.
A few hours after the Boilermaker football team went into extras against rival Indiana on the gridiron, the Boilermaker basketball team went to overtime against Florida St. Both teams fell just short.
Late at the end of the regulation, Florida St.’s hounding defense seemed to have gotten the best of Purdue. They were down and reeling, but two Matt Haarm’s rebounds off misses eventually led to a corner three from Proctor to go up 56-54. Then, the big man got the ball on the follow possession and ended it with a dunk to go up 58-56 on an entry pass from Evan Boudreaux.
Eric Hunter Jr. drove to the hoop with 16 seconds left and a chance to take a late lead, but lost control of the ball, sending it out of bounds, and giving Florida St. a chance to win the game, tied 58-58.
But Purdue was able to swarm Trent Forrest as he drove to the hoop and the shot clock flashed zero with the score still tied and overtime waiting in the championship of the Emerald Coast Classic.
It took more than three minutes into overtime for Purdue to score their first overtime basket, a difficult, contested, rising floater from Hunter that tied the game at 60.
But Purdue’s offense continued to run on rusty spokes. Turnovers, bad shots, poor passes, and clogged sets gave away any chance to get a clean look late in the game. They wouldn’t find another basket and Florida St. was able to score just enough - 5-2 edge in overtime, to carry themselves to their 7th win of the game.
Purdue turned the ball over 24 times against a relentless pressing and long Florida St. defense.
Florida St. struggled to find the net. They were just 1-17 from the three point line on the game, but they were able to get to the line 25 times where they made 18 of them.
Matt Haarms was the lone bright spot offensively for Purdue, where he scored 16 points without missing any of his 6 field goal attempts. He also had 8 rebounds.
Purdue didn’t have much better succession knocking down shots from distance. They were just 5 of 24 from three.
Nojel Eastern continued his offense struggles, not scoring for the second straight game. He fouled out in the second half.
Purdue will not have relief in their immediate future. They’ll play host to defending champions Virginia Cavliers, who beat them in the Elite Eight last year in one of the most thrilling games in NCAA history.