PURDUE LOSES BIG 10 CONTEST AT RUTGERS
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Trevion Williams scored 21 points with 12 rebounds and Isaiah Thompson scored 17 points off the bench, but No. 14-ranked Rutgers made 11-of-21 3-point tries to hand the Boilermakers an 81-76 setback.
Purdue (7-4, 2-2 Big Ten) punished Rutgers in the paint, led by Trevion Williams’ 21 points and 12 rebounds. The Boilermakers had 42 points in the paint to the Scarlet Knights’ 28. Purdue held the rebounding edge 33-31.
Isaiah Thompson had 17 points for Purdue, and his layup with 15:19 left gave the Boilermakers their first lead, 46-44, since midway through the first half. Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell promptly called a timeout to Purdue’s 23-6 run.
Rutgers trailed by five before rallying to tie it at 53 on Paul Mulcahy’s 3-pointer and Baker’s transition layup.
The teams exchanged leads before Mulcahy hit 3-pointer to put Rutgers up 61-59 at the 7:52 mark. The Scarlet Knights led the rest of the way.
After Purdue jumped to an 11-6 lead, Rutgers rallied to lead by as many as 15 before taking a 40-34 lead into halftime.
Sasha Stefanovic added 14 points for Purdue.
Purdue fell to 7-4 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten with an 81-76 loss to No. 14-ranked Rutgers.
Purdue was looking for its first win over a top-15 foe on the road since Feb. 25, 2011, at Michigan.
After Purdue won 12 of the first 13 meetings all-time against Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights have won three in a row against the Boilermakers, the second-longest winning streak by a Big Ten team against Purdue (Michigan – 4).
Purdue recorded just eight turnovers, its second-lowest total of the season (Notre Dame – 6).
Purdue outscored Rutgers in the paint, 42-28, but had just four points off turnovers.
Purdue lost for just the second time since the start of the 2017-18 season when shooting at least 48.0 percent from the field. Now 45-2, the Boilermakers’ other loss came to Virginia in the 2019 Elite Eight. Purdue shot 49.2 percent from the field, including 22-of-33 (.667) from inside the arc.
Over the last four games, opponents are now 49-of-124 (.395) from 3-point range.
Trevion Williams recorded his third double-double of the season with a 21-point, 12-rebound effort. He went 10-of-12 from the field.
Isaiah Thompson tied a career high with 17 points. He made three consecutive 3-pointers late in the first half to cut a 15-point deficit to six at the break.