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Smith shines in Purdue loss

Ryne Smith didn't score a point in Purdue's second-round victory over Saint Peter's on Friday.

He wasn't happy about it.

So he came out aggressive Sunday.

He was hot, too, and his shooting helped the Boilermakers stay close with Virginia Commonwealth for much of the first half.

In the end, Purdue's defense was its undoing in a 94-76 loss.

But Smith did what he could to give the offense a spark, tying a career high with 20 points and six three-pointers.

"It just wasn't enough," Smith said in the locker room afterward. "Got a few shots to fall. I think it was good that I got my first one to go down, get my head up a little bit. I found some openings. There just weren't enough openings, I guess."

Smith made four of his three-pointers in the first half and also had three rebounds in the first five minutes of the game.

"I like to see him when he gets in that kind of a rhythm," coach Matt Painter said. "When he makes shots like that - and we've always talked about it - it really guves us a spark and really helps us."