Purdue fell to Illinois 79-62 at Mackey Arena on Tuesday night, in front of 14,804 fans – Purdue’s 18th straight sellout dating to last season … the loss snapped a seven-game win streak at Mackey Arena over Illinois.
The loss also snapped a 15-game homecourt winning streak against Big Ten opponents, which was the second-longest streak in school history and fourth-longest streak in the country.
Purdue has lost two games at Mackey Arena for the first time since the 2016-17 season (15-2) … Purdue went 16-1 in 2017-18 and 15-0 a year ago.
Illinois becomes just the fifth team since 2014-15 to shoot at least 50.0 percent against Purdue at Mackey Arena, joining Texas, Penn State, Michigan and Gardner-Webb.
The loss snapped a six-game win streak at Mackey Arena against nationally-ranked teams.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue held a one-point halftime lead, but Illinois came out firing in the second half to hand the Boilermakers a 79-62 setback at sold-out Mackey Arena.
Purdue led 30-29 at halftime, but saw Illinois make 11 of its first 12 shots in the second half while shooting 55.1 percent from the field for the game to end Purdue’s 15-game home winning streak against Big Ten opposition.
Illinois also controlled the glass by a 37-19 advantage. The Illini had 11 offensive rebounds to just nine defensive rebounds for the Boilermakers. In two games against Illinois, Purdue was outrebounded by 31 boards.
Nojel Eastern had his third solid game in a row with 14 points, five rebounds and two assists. Trevion Williams added 12 points, while Matt Haarms added 10 points and six rebounds. Purdue shot 41.1 percent from the field and went just 3 of 8 from long distance, its fewest long-distance attempts since Jan. 7, 2015, vs. Wisconsin (5).
Purdue will host Wisconsin on Friday night in Mackey Arena.
BUTLER MBB: No. 9 Villanova Tops Butler 76-61, in Philadelphia
No. 9 Villanova came away with a 76-61 win over visiting Butler Tuesday night at the Finneran Pavilion just outside Philadelphia.
The Wildcats put five players in double figures as they hit 21 of 23 from the free throw line. Butler attempted only eight free throws on the night.
For the 13th-ranked Bulldogs, the loss moves to the team to 15-4 overall and 3-3 in BIG EAST play. Villanova improves to 15-3 (5-1 BIG EAST).
Kamar Baldwin led Butler with 21 points. Bryce Nze and Bryce Golden each scored 11 points, with Nze adding 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
The free throw truly was the difference as Butler out-shot Villanova from the field, holding the Wildcats to 38-percent shooting. Nine of Villanova’s 23 makes came from behind the arc. Jermaine Samuels led Villanova with 20 points, including 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
Saddiq Bey hit back-to-back three-pointers with a free throw included to open the second half and extend a 36-26 Villanova halftime lead to 43-26 less than a minute into the second half. Butler would respond with a run of its own.
Baldwin spurred an 8-0 run that pulled the Bulldogs back within four at 49-45 with 11:15 remaining in the game. That was part of a larger stretch that saw Butler make nine of 10 attempts. Villanova scored the next seven points to build the lead back to double figures at 56-45. From that point on, the lead would only get to single digits one more time.
Both Nze and Aaron Thompson had five assists, as Butler shot 41 percent from the field, but only 5-of-20 from behind the arc. Villanova held a narrow 43-37 rebounding edge.
The Bulldogs return home for a Friday night match-up at Hinkle Fieldhouse with Marquette. A limited number of tickets remain available for the 9 p.m. tip.