Sometimes, watching a blowout can get boring.
But Purdue and Ball State made sure to keep this one – a 69-49 victory by the Boilermakers – interesting with some non-basketball dramatics.
Ball State’s Malik Perry was pestering Robbie Hummel much of the game, flinging him to the floor, getting tangled for rebounds, shoving him aside. Hummel, who typically seems mild-mannered, didn’t seem pleased. Except when Perry was called for an intentional foul in the second half and when he scored on Perry. Hummel even did some trash talking, which I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen from him before.
Senior teammate Keaton Grant did his share of jawing, too, but he usually does. It was just odd to see it from Hummel.
For the most part, though, Purdue kept its composure despite the physical play, and that’s what had coach Matt Painter impressed after the game.
Painter admitted the game got “chippy” but said he liked the toughness his team showed and was proud how they kept their composure.
** E’Twaun Moore left the game for about four minutes in the first half after being kneed in the left thigh. He went to the locker room during the time he was off the court and re-entered the game in the first half. Moore appeared to be rubbing the leg after the game when the team was waiting to be presented the trophy, but Painter said Moore will be fine. Moore wasn’t brought into the post-game press conference. He already was on the bus and wasn’t available for interviews after the press conference.