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Purdue 83, Illinois 78

Purdue 83, Illinois 78

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Trey Kaufman-Renn scored 23 points as No. 1-ranked Purdue defeated ninth-ranked Illinois 83-78.

Four Boilermakers (3-1 Big Ten, 14-1) scored in double figures, including a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds for Zach Edey despite sitting 11 minutes in the first half.

Lance Jones added 17 points as Purdue won its seventh straight. Braden Smith had 14 points.

Marcus Domask led all scorers in the game with 26 points as Illinois (2-1, 11-3) had its four-game winning streak snapped. Quincy Guerrier added 18 for the Illini, who cut a 21-point second-half deficit down to three (81-78) with 12.3 seconds left. Luke Goode ended with 16.

Purdue started fast. The Boilermakers scored 11 of the first 13 points of the game. They pushed the lead to double figures for the first time at 14-4 on a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Braden Smith four minutes into the game.

The lead ballooned to 20-4, part on a 9-0 Purdue run, on a 3-pointer by reserve Ethan Morton.

Purdue led 22-6 nearing the midway point of the first half before Illinois scored eight straight points with reigning national player of the year Zach Edey on the bench. Edey then returned and picked up two quick fouls and was on the bench for the remainder of the first half.

In the game's first eight minutes, Illinois had more turnovers (four) than makes (two).

Illinois scored the next eight points to get within 22-14 on a three-pointer by Coleman Hawkins.

Purdue played the last eight minutes of the first half without reigning Player of the Year, center Zach Edey, who picked up his second foul with 8:03 left in the opening stanza. Despite the 7-4 Edey being anchored to the bench, Purdue still led 47-32 at the break. Edey had just two points and two rebounds in the first half, but the Boilermakers still had a 25-17 edge rebounding.

Illinois got within nine with 3:30 left at 79-70 on a bucket in the paint by Domask. It was the first time they cut the deficit under 10 since early in the opening half.

Illinois played its third consecutive game without leading scorer Terrence Shannon Jr., who was suspended from all team activities on Dec. 27 after he was charged with rape for an alleged incident that happened in Kansas in September.


January 5, 2024





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