if you watched all of this one I am sorry. Your eyes are likely bleeding.
At one point Purdue was 1 of 14 from three. Both teams were shooting worse than 30% in the first half. The Boilers were playing their typical good defense, but the offense that had issues in the second half at Marquette and against Florida State returned. Thankfully, Northwestern is really not good at the sport of basketball and the Boilers were able to open Big Ten play with a 58-44 win.
The first half was brutal on both sides. After the Wildcats jumped out to a 6-2 lead thanks to a pair of threes from Pete Nance their own offense went into hibernation. Purdue was able to go on a 9-0 run to take the lead for good, but neither team was great. Purdue was 1 of 14 from long range in the first half and 10 of 32 from the floor overall. The Wildcats were not much better. They were just 6 off 22 and that was after Nance hit those two early triples.
Purdue came out much sharper in the second half. Trevion Williams and Eric Hunter Jr. were able to get some things going and Sasha Stefanovic hit a big three. What was even better to see was Tre connecting on a pair at the free throw line. By the under 8 timeout Purdue had pushed the lead out to 11 and you just felt like Northwestern could not score enough. Nance was basically their entire offense all night.
Matt Haarms and Jahaad Proctor continued their steady play by both reaching double figures. Evan Boudreaux provided some solid minutes off the bench and hit a couple of shots when no one was hitting shots. Sasha also reached double figures, so there was good balance, but it was far from the excellent play we saw on Wednesday vs. Virginia.
Yes, this was not pretty, but it still counts as a Big Ten win. That is all that matters.