I know that every fan out there in Boiler Nation was praying for an Isaac Haas return to the court against Texas Tech in the Sweet 16 on Friday against Texas Tech. A game time decision, Matt Painter would roll with Matt Haarms and he gave it his all. but the Boilers remarkable season came to an end. A 65-78 final against Texas Tech in the Sweet Sixteen and we could not be prouder of our 4 Seniors.
It all started out well for the short-handed Boilermakers in the first half, opening to a 13-6 run over the first six minutes. After that, the offense went cold for almost eight minutes before P.J. Thompson would hit a three and start to open the game for Purdue. The Red Raiders were just too strong down the stretch and were pushing around Matt Haarms enough on offense to hold a 30-25 halftime advantage.
Purdue came within one point early on in the second half but never led over these final 20 minutes. Carsen Edwards certainly put on a show for Purdue but was also the main offensive leader for most of the final half. He would not give up even down the stretch when Texas Tech really pulled away with 5 minutes left. Edwards was still countering the Red Raiders with zigzags leading to layup and jumpers that somehow went down, but it still was not enough. The final buzzer sounded after Texas Tech proved to be the better team in this game, and Purdue’s 4 Seniors were out on the court together for one last time.
We could go on and analyze why Purdue lost but we will take a moment to reflect on this Senior Class. This is one that will be remembered for a long time, much like the “Baby Boilers” and the “Three Amigos”. These four don’t have a nickname yet, but they will get a good one for all their contributions over the past 4 years. Just as Matt Painter said after this game, the Seniors “Set the model for our program. A lot of people can say the right things, they’ve done them.” It is going to be hard to let go, but sometimes you, unfortunately, have to.
Thank you, Isaac Haas. Thank you, Vince Edwards. Thank you, Dakota Mathias. Thank you, P.J. Thompson. You gave us some great memories and especially some amazing ones this season. There might not be another class like it, but there will never be another one consisting of their greatness on and off the court.