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Purdue 79, Green Bay 57

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Graduate transfer Jahaad Proctor scored 26 points and Eric Hunter Jr. added 15 to help No. 23 Purdue pull away from Green Bay 79-57.

The Boilermakers have won seven straight season openers, 18 in a row at Mackey Arena and 20 consecutive home games against non-conference foes.

Kameron Hankerson led the Phoenix with 15 points. Freshman Amari Davis and JayQuan McCloud each scored 10 for Green Bay (0-1) as coach Linc Darner returned to his alma mater.

Proctor, who spent the last two seasons at High Point, and Hunter, who made only one start as a freshman, spent most of the night finding lanes to the basket. Eventually it opened things up for their teammates.

And it didn't take long for the defending Big Ten regular-season co-champs to assert themselves.

Purdue scored the first eight points, took a 14-2 lead less than six minutes into the game and never lost control. When Green Bay answered with eight straight points to cut the deficit to 14-10, Purdue scored another eight in a row to rebuild a 22-10 lead.

The only real scare came when starting guard Nojel Eastern injured his left wrist when he was fouled with 5:30 left in the first half. Following a brief delay, Eastern walked straight to the locker room but returned before halftime with the wrist taped.

Purdue finally sealed the victory with a late 8-0 run that made it 69-49 with 4:32 to play.

Associated Press


November 6, 2019

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