Aamir Simms scored 24 points, Nick Honor added 17 points and a career-high four steals and Clemson beat Purdue 81-70 on Thursday night to win the four-team Space Coast Challenge.
Purdue coach Matt Painter is excited about the Boilermakers' potential heading into the season. As Purdue begins its quest for its 25th Big Ten Championship on Wednesday against Liberty at the Space Coast Challenge in Melbourne, Fla., Painter will be looking to bring along a young roster that includes seven scholarship freshmen and sophomores. The lack of experience has Purdue not in the preseason AP Top 25 for the first time since the start of the 2014-15 season.
Sunday, three days before Purdue's season opener against Liberty in Florida, Ethan Morton practiced, weeks after being sidelined by mono. "Obviously it's not like a sprained ankle or something where you just kind of work through it," Coach Matt Painter said Monday. Morton participated in about half the practice, Painter said.