A rare road game against a MAC team without their starting center Matt Haarms for Purdue was just the game for guard Nojel Eastern to find his offensive groove, scoring a season-high 11 points to lead Purdue to a 69-51 against the Ohio Bobcats.
Behind him, Purdue got another big game out of big man Trevion Williams with Haarms ruled out from the concussion he suffered against Nebraska on Sunday. Williams scored 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and continued to show off a sophisticated passing game from the post collecting 3 assists.
After a Sunday road game against the Cornhuskers where the Boilers missed nearly 30 three-pointers, Eric Hunter Jr. made sure Purdue would get back on track with their shooting. He nailed a career-high 4 three-pointers on the way to scoring a career-high 18 points on just 9 shots from the field. He played nearly the whole game, really notching in his spot as Coach Painter’s top guard.
Jahaad Proctor, Purdue’s leading scoring, coming off his worst game of the season, bounced back slightly by getting to the line 4 times and knocking down two three-pointers and scoring 12 for the game.
Purdue’s defense really bothered the Bobcats in the first half. They forced 12 first half turnovers, and the Bobcats struggled to finish at the rim against Purdue’s superior length and athleticism. Purdue held Ohio to 19-51 from the floor.
Purdue used its size throughout the game. Both teams were pretty even when it came to transition points and second chance points, but Purdue doubled the Bobcats in the paint, 32-16.
Purdue will now take on in-state rival on Saturday in the Crossroads Classic.