After beating a ranked opponent for the first time this season, Purdue should have an easier time in its next game.
The 10th-ranked Boilermakers (9-2) try to follow up their impressive win over Stephen Curry and No. 22 Davidson in Monday’s meeting with visiting Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne (4-7).
Purdue held Curry, who came in averaging 31.9 points to lead the nation, to 13 on 5-of-26 shooting in a 76-58 victory Saturday. The Boilermakers jumped out to a 21-0 lead and limited the Wildcats to 35.4 percent shooting for the game.
Purdue has held opponents to 34.8 percent from the field and 57.1 points per game this season.
“I thought this was a great team victory for us,” Boilermakers coach Matt Painter said. “Our guys did a very good job defensively, not just the three guys that guarded Stephen Curry. I thought everybody was ready to play.”
The Boilermakers also had a big effort offensively, going 11-of-18 from 3-point range.
Purdue sophomore forward Robbie Hummel hit two of the 3s and finished with a team-high 18 points and a career-best 14 rebounds. Hummel, who leads the Boilermakers with 15.8 points and 7.7 boards per game, has averaged 19.3 points in the past three games.
While Hummel has shined recently, E’Twaun Moore’s struggles continued Saturday with a 3-for-11 shooting performance. The sophomore guard is averaging 14.0 points, but he’s made five of 21 shots (23.8 percent) over the last two games.
After the outstanding defensive performance Saturday, Painter’s team won’t have to contend with a threat like Curry on Monday. Purdue faces an IPFW squad that’s averaged 33.0 percent shooting in consecutive defeats and is at 41.1 percent for the season.
IPFW allowed Nebraska to shoot 60.9 percent from the field and 8-for-15 from beyond the arc in a 75-48 loss Saturday. The Mastodons have dropped five of six and are 1-4 on a seven-game road stretch that concludes Dec. 28 against North Florida.
Senior forward David Carson leads IPFW with 14.3 points per game, but scored three points and went 0-for-5 from the field against Nebraska. Sophomore guard Ben Botts is averaging 11.2 points on the season, but just 8.5 on 27.0 percent shooting the last four games.
The Mastodons led the Cornhuskers 34-29 at halftime, but scored 14 points over the final 20 minutes.
Since joining Division I for the 2001-02 season, IPFW is 0-9 against ranked opponents, including an 80-69 loss to then-No. 17 Purdue on Dec. 20, 2003.
The Boilermakers have won both meetings with the Mastodons by an average of 10.5 points, taking the most recent matchup 79-69 on Dec. 20, 2005.