WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue coach Matt Painter does not mind a large volume of three-point shots, as long as they’re the right shots being taken by the right players.
Purdue had it right on both counts Saturday as Robbie Hummel and Ryne Smith led a three-point barrage that enabled the Boilermakers to pull away from Coppin State, 78-57.
Hummel, who scored 17 of his 24 points in the second half, was 5 of 9 from behind the arc. Smith, who scored 14 points, was 4 of 10 from long range as the Boilermakers (6-1) set a school record with 34 attempts, making 12, for 35 percent.
Purdue improved to 22-4 under Painter when making at least 10 three-pointers.
“With Ryne and Rob, both of those guys have been consistent in their careers beyond the arc,” said Painter. “Actually I thought Ryne and Rob hurt our offense at times by passing up some of those looks. I know they want to be unselfish and move the basketball but when you’re going to get a wide-open look in rhythm it makes a whole lot of sense for one of those guys to take those shots.”
Purdue won its 21st consecutive home game, the third-longest streak in school history, but the balance of the game wasn’t as lopsided as the final margin.
Coppin State trimmed a 15-point first-half deficit to 48-43 with 14:08 remaining. The Boilermakers turned to Hummel, who scored eight in a row – including a pair of three-pointers – and they opened a 61-46 lead with 9:13 remaining.
Coppin State got no closer than 13 thereafter as Purdue finished the game with a 25-11 run.
“Their zone was designed to keep the ball out of the paint and we were getting wide-open shots from the outside,” Hummel said. “I think that’s what their game plan was. We had good shots. We’re a good-shooting team. We’ll knock those shots down. In the first half we didn’t but in the second half we got it going and we were able to open up the game.”
Hummel also had eight rebounds and four blocks for the Boilermakers, while point guard Lewis Jackson had a career-high 10 assists. Purdue got a huge boost from its bench, including 11 points from Terone Johnson, 10 from Anthony Johnson and six points and eight rebounds from Jacob Lawson.
“Coach talks about coming in off the bench and bringing energy,” Terone Johnson said, “so me and A.J. came out today and brought the energy on defense first, and then we got a lot of openings on offense and knocked down those shots.”
Tony Gallo led Coppin State, which has lost four in a row, with 17 points and eight assists. Akeem Ellis scored 12.
Purdue outrebounded the Eagles 39-29, including 19 on the offensive end, and committed just five turnovers.
“One of our biggest concerns is rebounding, and we didn’t turn it over and we gave ourselves more of a chance when some shots didn’t go down by getting 19 offensive rebounds,” Painter said. “As long as those two can work together we’re going to put ourselves in a pretty good position.”
The start of the game was delayed 12 minutes because two of the three officials did not arrive on time. The game’s original starting time was moved up two hours to accommodate the late-afternoon kickoff of the Purdue-Indiana football game in Bloomington.
“We warmed up for like an hour, it seemed like, so it was different,” Hummel said. “It wasn’t a big deal. It didn’t impact the game.”
The Boilermakers conclude a three-game homestand Tuesday against Miami in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Coppin State, closing a three-game trip that included losses to Oklahoma and No. 4 Connecticut, does not play again until Dec. 3 at home against West Virginia Tech.