WEST LAFAYETTE – For the first time since 2010, Purdue has secured a share of the Big Ten regular-season title.
Indiana couldn't prevent a celebration Tuesday night at Mackey Arena, falling 86-75 to the 16th-ranked Boilermakers on Senior Night. As gold confetti fell from the ceiling, the public address announcer proudly informed the crowd of the school's 23rd conference title.
Purdue (24-6, 13-4 Big Ten) swept a season series from the Hoosiers for the second time in three years, and it was a game the Boilermakers controlled throughout, with Indiana holding a lead for only 1 minute, 3 seconds.
The Hoosiers (16-14, 6-11) saw their hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament all but disappear. They have one regular-season game remaining, Saturday at Ohio State, but will likely need to win the conference tournament to reach the Big Dance.
Dakota Mathias had 19 points and seven rebounds for Purdue, doing most of his work in the first half as the Boilermakers built a 40-32 lead at intermission. Caleb Swanigan took over in the second half, finishing with 21 points and 10 rebounds. The Homestead graduate has scored in double figures in 23 straight games, Purdue's longest streak since JaJuan Johnson, who wore gold and black from 2007-11. It was Swanigan's 24th double-double of the season.
Vince Edwards, who starred in the Boilermakers' 69-64 win at Indiana on Feb. 9, did so again. He had 15 points, seven assists and seven boards, capitalizing on endless foul trouble that plagued the Hoosiers' big men.
Centers Thomas Bryant and De'Ron Davis each fouled out, and third-stringer Tim Priller committed four fouls in five minutes. Priller, a junior, had a career-high six points. Bryant finished with eight points and five rebounds, while Davis was scoreless.
As the Hoosiers racked up fouls, they struggled to draw any. Indiana's first free-throw attempt came with 11:02 left in the second half.
Purdue led 40-25 before Indiana closed the first half on a 7-0 run. The Hoosiers battled in the early stages of the second half, often hanging around within eight points or so, but fell behind by 16 with 5:05 remaining. It was their largest deficit.
James Blackmon Jr. led IU with 16 points and five assists. Josh Newkirk added 13 points and five rebounds, and Juwan Morgan contributed seven points and 11 boards.
The Hoosiers shot 44 percent to Purdue's 48 percent.