If there was any doubt about the Purdue Boilermakers focus following their loss to the Northwestern Wildcats, that doubt was quickly wiped away against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Boilers opened up a 27-14 lead in the first 10 minutes of the first half and never looked back as the Boilers ended up leading by as much as 35 points on their way to an 87-68 victory. It was as efficient and effective as Purdue has looked on offense with Purdue really taking advantage of Iowa’s full court pressure and flipping the game completely on its’ head early in the second half.
The Boilers featured five players scoring in double figures led by Zach Edey’s 25 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks. That might be the headline but the story was really the support that Edey got from those around him with Lance Jones (17), Mason Gillis (12), Fletcher Loyer (12), and Trey Kaufman-Renn (10) joining the big man in double figures. That kind of balanced scoring, when Purdue gets it, means teams simply can’t key in on Edey and suddenly it puts pressure on every offensive possession to lead to points. That’s something even an Iowa program who prides itself on highly efficient offenses struggle to do for an entire game.
Another major key was Purdue limiting their turnovers to only 8 and just 3 in the second
half. That is a major difference between the game at Northwestern where Purdue couldn’t seem to handle the pressure and intensity from the Wildcats but excelled in the open court against Iowa’s full court pressure to continually score at the rim. That pulled Iowa out of that full court look and signaled really the end of the game at the 12 minute mark.
Purdue will head to Toronto, Canada to face the Alabama Crimson Tide on December 9th in a game that will be in Zach Edey’s hometown.
Player of the Game:
Another easy one here as Zach Edey goes for 25 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks in just 24 minutes of playing time. Had he played his full assortment, he liked could have gone for 30 and 20. He not only was locked in at the free throw line where he shot 7-9, he looked really good on the defensive end where Iowa’s goal was to get him moving laterally so they could attack the rim.
Play of the Game:
Had the referees not called an atrocious foul call on Trey Kaufman-Renn’s absolutely filthy block at the rim, it would have been that. That was a thing of beauty where the referee determined he was blowing his whistle before the play happened. Shame.
Instead, the play of the game happened just before the end of the first half with Purdue leading 42-24. After a Myles Colvin baseline dunk with under a minute left, Purdue got a defensive stop and held for the last shot of the half. Braden Smith came off a double screen and wrapped a pass back to Mason Gillis to the top of the key to hit a three pointer to extend the Purdue lead to 45-24 to a raucous Mackey Arena.