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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, October 29, 2017 1:00 am

Purdue 94 Indiana State 72

Boilermakers guards spark exhibition win

JEFF WASHBURN | For The Journal Gazette

WEST LAFAYETTE – In its first game in the post-Caleb Swanigan era, the Purdue basketball team showed that the cupboard is not empty.

Guards Dakota Mathias and Carsen Edwards each scored 16 points, and the Boilermakers pulled away in the second half Saturday for a 94-72 exhibition victory against Indiana State in a game to benefit the hurricane relief efforts in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico.

Fort Wayne native Brenton Scott had 12 points, three assists and a steal for the Sycamores, who trailed only 41-38 at halftime.

But a 12-0, second half run led to a 57-42 lead with 14:22 to play. Edwards had eight of those 12 points.

Isaac Haas had 13 points for Purdue, and freshman center Matt Haarms had 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks.

Purdue shot 52.2 percent (36 of 69).

“What really started that second half run was that we got a string of stops,” Edwards said. “What we talked about in the huddle to start the second half was getting stops. If we did that, hopefully we would get a run. When we got those stops, our offense got going.

“I was feeling it when I got some shots to fall there in the second half. I couldn't get anything to fall there in the first half. Using the energy of the defense helped me on offense. I still think we need to do a better job containing the ball on defense. We also have to box out better.”

Coach Matt Painter was happy with the way Mathias and Edwards provided energy.

“Dakota hit a 3-pointer, and Carsen got to the rim a couple of times, and we got in transition,” Painter said. “We needed something to spark us. We were able to get some consecutive stops in the second half, score the ball and extend our lead. We were a little bit better defensively in the second half. We have to work on boxing out and being better defensively.

“Dakota ... that is how he is. Look at his numbers. He was 6 of 7. He is a very efficient player. We can't take him out too much. He is a good basketball player, not just a good shooter.”

Mathias liked his team's defense.

“Defense helped us at several points during the game,” Mathias said. “They got close a couple of times. They are good players. There are good players everywhere. If we give them life, they are going to take advantage of it.

“Defense and Carsen getting hot helped us take advantage. It was about defensive intensity. Good things happen on offense when you play good defense. We made a good run there, and it broke open the game.”