After an extremely sloppy second half against Iowa last week, Purdue showed up to Mackey Arena Tuesday on a mission to revive their Big 10 conference standings.
Purdue began their destruction of Illinois by letting the three rain early and then dominating down in the paint. The Boilers ended the first half leading 44-30.
Unlike last week against Iowa, the Boilermakers came out ready to play in the second half and outscored the Fighting Illini 47-38.
Purdue’s big men were both red hot. Caleb Swanigan posted yet another double-double with his 22 points and 10 rebounds. Isaac Hass lead the Boilers with 24 points. In total, five Purdue players posted double figures.
Although Purdue won in fashionable style, shooting 60.4% from the field and 46.7% from beyond the arch, turnovers continue to be a problem for the Boilers as they turned the ball over 11 times tonight.
Looking over the Big 10 standings, Purdue remains in striking distance to become conference champions. Unfortunately, Michigan was unable to close out their game against Wisconsin Tuesday night. Purdue needs Wisconsin to lose in order to have a chance at winning the Big 10, as they have already faced them this year. Fortunately, there is still a lot of basketball to be played.
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