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Purdue 69, Davidson 61

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS - Zach Edey had 29 points and 16 rebounds and Caleb Furst scored all 12 of his points in the second half to help No. 1 Purdue fend off Davidson 69-61 in the Indy Classic.

The Boilermakers (11-0) are positioned to stay in the top spot for an unprecedented second straight week. Purdue earned its first No. 1 ranking last December, then lost on a buzzer-beater at Rutgers and didn't return until this week.

Furst also had 13 rebounds.

Sam Mennenga had 14 points and Foster Loyer added 11 points and 10 assists for Davidson (7-4). The Wildcats fell to 0-11 against No. 1 foes and 18-116 against Top 25 teams.

This one felt like more like an NCAA Tournament game with a Power Five favorite facing a pesky mid-major team that used a combination of timely 3-pointers and nifty drives to stay close before watching it slip away late.

Edey, Purdue's powerful 7-foot-4 center, was simply too much for Daivdson.

When Davidson closed to 45-43 with 9:05 to go, Edey answered with all of Purdue's points in a 7-2 run. When Mennenga's 3 with 4:13 left cut the deficit to 54-51, Purdue went back to Edey, who drew a foul and made two free throws.

And when Davidson got to 58-54 with 3:30 to play, Purdue finally took advantage of Edey's presence by finding open shots and open lanes. The resulting 8-0 run allowed Purdue to pull away and the Boilermakers sealed it at the free throw line.

BIG PICTURE

Davidson: First-year coach Matt McKillop got just about everything possible out of his team. They just had no answer for Edey, a common refrain from Boilermakers opponents and one that's unlikely to dissipate any time soon. Davidson should fare against more managable foes.

Purdue: It took the Boilermakers 34 days to go from unranked to No. 1. They weren't quite as impressive Saturday but proved something else - they can win with old-fashioned grit and guts. It's yet another characteristic that will continue to make this team complete.

FAMILY REUNION

The Loyer brothers finally made it onto the same court for the first time. Foster Loyer, a fifth-year senior, entered the game as Davidson's top scorer while freshman Fletcher Loyer started at guard for the Boilermakers. It was quite the reunion for a family that needed nearly 100 tickets to fill all the requests for families and friends. The younger Loyer scored Purdue's first and last five points, finishing 14 points to earn the family's bragging rights.

December 17, 2022


Davidson
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
S. Mennenga F 27 6-11 1-3 1-3 1-3 1 0 1 1 4 14
R. Bailey F 18 2-3 2-2 0-1 1-3 0 0 0 2 2 6
F. Loyer G 34 4-16 1-2 2-8 0-3 10 0 2 4 3 11
C. Kochera G 30 3-7 1-2 1-5 0-2 2 0 0 0 2 8
G. Huffman G 25 2-7 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 1 1 1 2 5
D. Watson   28 3-9 0-0 2-3 1-5 0 0 0 1 4 8
D. Skogman   27 4-8 0-0 1-5 1-5 1 3 0 0 2 9
S. Logan   7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Spadone   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 2 0
Totals   198 24-61
(.393)
6-11
(.545)
7-25
(.280)
7-31 16 4 4 9 21 61


Purdue
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
C. Furst F 24 5-13 2-4 0-2 8-13 0 0 1 2 2 12
Z. Edey C 34 9-11 11-15 0-0 6-16 2 1 0 1 1 29
B. Smith G 31 2-7 5-6 1-4 3-12 4 2 0 1 2 10
F. Loyer G 30 2-12 9-10 1-8 0-2 3 1 1 0 0 14
E. Morton G 30 1-2 0-0 1-2 0-2 1 2 1 2 2 3
B. Newman   13 0-3 1-2 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1
M. Gillis   12 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-1 1 0 1 1 1 0
D. Jenkins Jr.   10 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0
T. Kaufman-Renn   9 0-3 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0
B. Waddell   6 0-3 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals   199 19-58
(.328)
28-37
(.757)
3-25
(.120)
17-48 11 6 5 10 11 69
Officials: Courtney Green, Alfred Smith, Mark Schnur




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