WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.—Purdue’s four seniors got the round of applause they deserved as they checked out of the game with under five minutes to go and a 25-point Purdue lead. Purdue would end up winning 84-60, but most importantly, the seniors got the last home game they deserved at Mackey.
Dakota Mathias would show the emotions out on the court, pouring in 25-points with full effort, on 9-11 shooting from the field and 7-9 shooting from deep. Isaac Haas would add 13 points on a solid 6-9 shooting effort, Vince Edwards finished with 10 points, while P.J. Thompson chipped in 3 points from just two shot attempts. We don’t even need to list out the rest of the scorers, because these four are the ones that matter on Senior Day.
Purdue would shoot 32-62 (51.6%) from the field, 12-25 (48.0%) from three, and 8-12 (66.7%) from the free throw line. The Boilermakers would add 33 rebounds, 16 assists, 9 blocks, and 9 steals for a tremendous showing in the seniors final home game.
The Boilermakers would utilize a hot start to the game, opening on a 14-6 run over the first 6:57, which led to a 24-8 lead with about 10:57 left in the first half. Minnesota would finally have a response after the Boilers big start and played very competitive down into the final minutes. A once 14-point lead was trimmed to 5 with three minutes left and Purdue ended up leading by 8, 37-29 at the break.
Purdue’s second half would start out the way it ended, but it eventually was all Purdue down the stretch. Up by just 8 points again early in the final 20 minutes, the Boilers went on a 25-5 scoring run which ultimately put the game away with 13:21 left and led 61-36. Of course, there was still enough ten minutes to play, but those were also good for Purdue who extended it to 30 at times. Tommy Luce subbing in with under two minutes left, basically meant the game was over and it was. Purdue would go on to outscore the Golden Gophers 47-31 in the second half and won 84-60.
Tommy Luce did steal the show at the end, and the ball too. Luce would record one steal where he ran the ball up the court and was actually fouled and had two shots ahead of him. He would make the first one which would send the crowd to the loudest volume all night. The real dagger from Luce would come with 37 seconds left when he dished out the assist to Jacquil Taylor who threw down the dunk and Mackey once again went nuts.
Purdue will play as the #3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament this Friday in the late game.