Matt Painter recognizes that rarely will Purdue win when seniors JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore struggle offensively.
So he's happy about beating Division II Midwestern State 78-58 to close the exhibition season.
Johnson and Moore combined to shoot 5 of 18 from the field. Twelve of their 23 combined points were from free throws. Moore missed several shots near the rim that he normally makes, and Johnson's perimeter jumper was off all night.
Purdue shot 37 percent as a team, and that includes Terone Johnson's 6-for-7 night. (For more on Terone Johnson, check out Wednesday's story in the JG.)
But the Boilermakers still won despite the poor shooting.
"I think it's a good lesson for all of them because the game will humble you," Painter said. "(The ball) is not going in every night."
- Sophomore Kelsey Barlow got the start at point guard. Junior Lewis Jackson started the exhibition opener. Both played well, combining to make five of eight shots, score 14 points, grab eight rebounds, dish out six assists and have only one turnover.
- Redshirt freshman forward Sandi Marcius didn't play because of an apparent foot injury. But Painter said he expects Marcius to be ready for Sunday's season opener. Marcius' foot was swollen and black and blue after "tweaking" it in a recent practice, Painter said.
"He needs experience more than anybody, but I think it'd be foolish for us for anybody who gets hurt on our front line to send them out there," Painter said. "I think that'd be counterproductive when the game actually doesn't count."
- Like in the exhibition opener, Painter experimented with lineups often. By my count, there were lineup changes 16 times during the first half. For about two minutes in the second half, Painter had Barlow and Jackson on the floor together.